EDUCATION

School board to leave no expense unturned in budget time

JOYCE F. NOWELL, Echo Pilot

Outsourcing one bus route in the Greencastle-Antrim School District may only be the beginning of consideration of spending cuts on the horizon.

Even before the school board received its first public look at 2013-14 budget figures it had begun to look where it could save. A few days into January the board initiated the process of bidding out a vacant bus driver position.

“With the upcoming budget in mind, the board wanted to take the opportunity to look at all possibilities for controlling costs,” said Brian Hissong, board president.

In February the board adopted a preliminary budget that contains a $1.4 million shortfall between expected revenues and proposed expenditures.

“For the past two years, the board has made cuts to staff, services and educational programs that we felt did not seriously affect any of our operations,” Hissong said. “However, all of those cuts have been made.

“Any cuts now to help overcome the $1.4 million deficit will be difficult and may affect our operations as we know it.”

While not mentioning anything specifically, Hissong said the board is looking at all avenues for reduction of expenses.

“At this point in time, no full board discussions have been held about reduction in expenses and/or additional revenue to balance the budget, so no other outsourcing has been considered by the full board.”