Word awaited on school funding

May 23, 1997


Staff Writer

The Washington County Board of Education won't consider any cuts to existing programs or personnel until it gets the final word on its appropriation from the county for next year, school officials said.

"We don't even want to discuss cuts until we know if we have to cut and how deep," said Schools Superintendent Wayne F. Gersen, who said cutting all new expenditures would save around $2.5 million.

The Washington County Commissioners are scheduled to approve their final budget Tuesday, Gersen said.

Once the school board has that figure to work with, administrative staff will share its proposed cuts, which will not include any reductions to the pay scale, he said.


The school board's proposed $104 million operating budget would require the County Commissioners to contribute just over $53.3 million, nearly $6 million more than the county's share this year.

The county's preliminary budget included only $1.87 million more than last year.

The school board will finalize its draft operating budget for 1997-98 in a budget review session on June 3, he said.

A special business meeting will be held later that day for the draft budget's adoption, he said.

The public will have a chance for input during a hearing on June 9, Gersen said.

The final budget work session and adoption will be June 10, he said.

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