COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees is inching closer to making tough decisions in order to tighten its belt.
At its regular meeting Feb. 7, Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor supplied the board with a large number of potential â€śbudget-savingâ€ť measures in order to combat a steady decline in the school systemâ€™s general fund.
â€śWeâ€™re just trying to keep as many programs as we can and live within our means,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said Thursday.
â€śThis is hopefully going to get us through the rest of this year and all of next year, but itâ€™s going to be an every year thing.â€ť
The board meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
According to Oâ€™Connor, decisions on budget cuts will go from theoretical to real in the span of two weeks.
â€śWeâ€™re going from potential ideas to recommendations, and I have changed some things,â€ť she said.
Anxiety increased in at least one WCCS school after Oâ€™Connor presented her proposed budget cuts in the last meeting.
At that time, Oâ€™Connor was quick to point out her presentation to the board at its work session were â€śjust ideas.â€ť
At that meeting, she told the board the school systemâ€™s expenditures had been outpacing its revenues.
â€śWeâ€™re looking at every possible place we can,â€ť she said, referring to areas where scaling back can help get the corporationâ€™s budget back on track.
She told the board that the school systemâ€™s 2010 General Fund Budget took a hit of $1,085,488 due to the economy.
The superintendent said the corporation is experiencing an â€śerosion of its general fund balance,â€ť with projected reductions to continue from the $1,569,189 in 2010, to $830,120 this year and $243,227 in 2012.
She added that stimulus funds will be expended at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.