BAINBRIDGE – All school districts across the state are being hit hard by this year’s state budget cuts, but for Bainbridge-Guilford the impact will be staggering.
“Under the governor’s proposal, we presently have a reduction of approximately $845,000 for 2010-11,” reported Superintendent Karl Brown.
The reduction – which is the equivalent of 5 percent of the district’s $16,768,639 budget for the current year – is even worse than school leaders had originally believed. According to Brown, the first figures they received seemed to indicate the school would lose $555,309, a 5.64 percent decrease in total aid for the rural district. But even then, he had concerns about how that reduction was calculated.
“We called State Ed ... to get the answer,” the superintendent said, which is when they learned they would be losing close to $300,000 more than they expected.
Between contractual obligations, retirement contributions, health insurance and other “known expenses,” the district’s preliminary budget for 2010-11 represented a 2 percent increase in spending over the current year.
“In typical years this would be seen as very responsible and conservative,” Brown explained. “However, with the proposed cuts in aid revenue, that would represent a significant increase in the tax levy.”