The letter, dated Jan. 9, states that a “very preliminary review” of the budget reveals that the district will need to cut expenditures by approximately $5.9 million.The district also imposed a hiring freeze.
“There’s not much you can do when you’re in the middle of the school year,” [board President] Detwiler said.True enough, but another option, of course, would be to increase revenue by increasing taxes. Now, as a taxpayer (albeit not a Connellsville one), I know I speak for everyone when I say it's a plan I personally don't like. However, sometimes, it's a necessary one, as is the case in so many of our school districts. You can only cut costs so much--and this even applies to day-to-day life as individuals. You can't cut out necessities. Something is always going to cost money.
“It is not easy to find $6 million in cost savings when you consider, in context, the magnitude of this number, as it represents almost 10 percent of our entire annual budget,” Kisiel said on Wednesday.Kisiel is a district resident and CPA, so he knows his shit. But according to the new business manager...
"It’s still up in the air, and it’s not $6 million."And a tax increase would only raise about $360,000. I'm sure any little bit helps, but $360,000 is a far cry from the alleged $6 million needed. And even then, the school board would still have to approve a tax increase. And no matter how much it may be needed or how much a district might be in the hole, school boards (understandably) don't like tax increases...especially if they're going after re-elecetion. But the way I see it, a district's got to do what a district's go to do if it needs money. Again, cost-cutting will only get you so far.
The school board will meet to discuss the budget on May 26 at 7 p.m. A preliminary budget must be passed by May 31.
Godspeed, Connellsville business manager and school board.