West Central School Board Discusses 2013 Budget

West Central School Superintendent Charles Mellon

The West Central School Board held a work session Thursday to discuss the 2013 budget and get it ready for advertisement.

Superintendent Charles Mellon said the total budget keeps getting cut by the state.

“Well, we are anticipating losing another $155,000 from the state,” said Mellon. “This is a time where we start getting into our cash balances.”

He says those cash reserves have been built up over the past few years.

“We built our cash balance by not giving raises and using our stimulus money that we received just a substitute for General Fund money. We are still okay,” reassured Mellon. “We have a good cash balance, but I think everybody realizes that that will slowly be eaten away as our revenue from the state continues to decrease.”

The funding situation isn’t a threat yet and Mellon said the board will continue to be cautious and make good decisions for the well-being of the school corporation.