Public hearing scheduled for 6PM July 9th at Aberdeen High School
ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen School Board yesterday reviewed a draft budget for the coming year. After two years in the red, board member Christi Boora said "There's a lot of hard work that goes into this, however personally I feel it's vital for us to balance, and go into the school year with a balanced budget.
Amid dwindling federal dollars, and a looming but unseen state mandated investment, School Superintendent Tom Opstad said the district went from a 1.4 million dollar deficit two years ago "this year we had a budget that was $580,000 in the red. We had enrollment that was probably 3100 this year, we budget on an annual average, we ended up about 3,058. So we were higher - almost 30 above budget, which is nice because it takes away some of the red that we planned on and then maybe adds a little bit to the beginning fund balance for next year.
The draft budget projects a $72,000 deficit, Opstad said he would consider some options to present at a public hearing planned for July.
Board president Doug Smith said they could tweak projections on enrollment to balance the budget, but they would risk having to make mid-term corrections if enrollment drops in the coming school year.
The district plans to post the draft budget on their website at www.asd5.org
A public hearing is scheduled for July 9th at 6pm at the High School