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Brown County Schools Ask Parents For Help With Deficit

Students at Brown County High School interact with their teacher. Students there started August 6.

Brown County School Corporation is reaching out to parents for ideas on how to reduce the district’s deficit. The district mailed questionnaires to families this week.

The district’s Superintendent David Shaffer says the latest report shows his district is more than $250,000 in the red.

“It’s a, a deficit that’s actually higher than the structural deficit that we show on the end of the year reports,” Shaffer says.

The school corporation held back on some payments in the hopes that it would help but the deficit is expected to approach a million dollars or more within the decade.

The survey showed positive feedback to the idea of redistricting schools in order to increase class size. School Board Vice President Bowden says the district plans to eliminate more than a dozen teaching positions.

“We use the word save, we need to save around fourteen teaching positions due to the reduction in enrollment,” he says.

Bowden expects that this will happen because of retirements and the district will not need to lay anyone off.

The district plans to decide on a deficit reduction plan by late March.

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