AuGres-Sims discusses budget


AUGRES — AuGres-Sims Schools looked over its current year’s budget and well as briefly reviewed the projected 2010-2011 budget at its monthly school board meeting Monday, April 26.

Superintendent Anne Doriean said that the district found more ARRA funds that they were eligible for, which will keep the district from going into the red at the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

However, the proposed budget for 2010-2011 has $3,128,727 in total revenue and $3,458,867 in total expenditures, leaving the district with -$330,140 at the end of the school year.

Part of the decrease in projected revenue is based on the possibility of the state taking away more per student funding. Robert Lutz, president of the school board, said that the state plans to restore the $165 per student cut from this school year and then decrease the funding by $433 per student.

The school board went over a list of possible cuts to save the district money, including elimination of transportation, athletics, paraeducators or the elementary library clerk; privatization of an athletic director; up to three teacher layoffs; consolidation of some staff with Arenac Eastern; contracting food services; and making the Board of Education the policy holder for personnel health insurance.

Lutz said that the board would like to hear any suggestions from the community regarding what could be cut.

The board will not make any decisions on possible cuts until the May board meeting, which will be held May 24.

“By then, we hope some of these things are more clear,” Doriean said about the possible cuts coming from the state.


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