North Judson-San Pierre School Board members are faced with the formidable task of slashing $1.2 million from their budget. That’s the amount of money the state is cutting from the corporation’s general fund due to a decline in enrollment. Discussion of proposed budget reductions is one of several items on the agenda for tonight’s school board meeting. Superintendent Lynn Johnson previously told WKVI news that the general fund is 85 percent salaries and benefits. Options Johnson previously mentioned include not filling vacancies created by retirements or resignations, reductions in force, non-contractual salary freezes, increasing class sizes and reducing or eliminating extracurricular activities.
Board members will also discuss The Crossing, which is the proposed Starke County Alternative School. Other agenda items include approval of the 2014-2015 school calendar, the superintendent’s contract and facility fees for the upcoming school year. The N.J.-S.P. School Board meeting starts at 7 p.m. CDT in the central office meeting room.