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Brown County Schools Face Budget Shortfall

Funds are tight at the Brown County School Corporation, and enrollment decreases are taking away even more money.

Brown County School Corporation has six schools, a total enrollment of more than 1,900 students and about 165 staff members. Superintendent David Shaffer says for the last ten years the corporation has lost between 10 and 25 students each year. That means BCSC is getting less each year from the state’s general fund and now the time has come to make cuts.

“We think we’re looking at a budget shortfall for 2012. We think that will be in the vicinity of about $500,000, that’s something that we have to plan for,” Shaffer says.  “As we anticipate the 2013 budget and anticipate where we’re going to be, we’re going to have to have conversations about ways we can reduce expenditures.”

While Shaffer is uncertain what he will cut from the 2013-2014 budget, he does add the corporation is hoping to forestall layoffs by not filling positions left open through attrition, resignations, and retirements.

“As we look at planning for the future if we’re in a $500,000 financial short fall for this year we need to think about how we can adjust our expenses so that we reduce that deficit for the following year or the years beyond that,” Shaffer says.

The corporation plans have about $13.7 million to spend next year, down from a $14 million  budget this year.

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