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Brown County Schools: No Layoffs Despite Budget Gap

The district has seen enrollment decline by about 200 students in the past five years.

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School board members have considered combining classrooms and the students in them to save money.

Brown County Schools officials say they do not plan layoffs to help close a $1 million gap in the corporation’s budget.

The district has seen enrollment decline by about 200 students in the past five years, but Superintendent David Shaffer says the corporation’s rainy day fund should help offset some of the losses.

“We have one real important saving feature in this problem that we’re facing and that is that we have a fairly comfortable cash balance in our general funds so because of that cash balance and we philosophically do not believe in riffing unless we just absolutely have to,” Shaffer says.

Shaffer says his district has seen families move to more compact urban areas in recent years, rather than pay for additional fuel to ferry students to schools in Brown County.

School board members have considered combining classrooms and the students in them to save money.  But board member Carol Bowden says it is a proposal she is unsure about.

“From a parent’s perspective, and I guess I would be a little bit unique, as a parent I’ve always been more concerned about the right teacher for my student and my student getting the right form of learning so I would be more focused on that,” Bowden says.

Administrators and school board members hope to have a cost-saving plan in place by the beginning of the fall semester.

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