A plan to cut the Pulaski County Community Development Commission’s two-member staff down to one had CDC members asking the county council president for answers Tuesday. The council voted four-to-three last week to remove funding for the CDC’s project coordinator position from the 2020 budget proposal.Continue reading
The Pulaski County Community Development Commission is planning its next steps, after the county council took action last week to cut its staff in half.Continue reading
The Starke County Council members will meet tonight where they will review cuts needed for the 2019 budget. At their last meeting, the council members urged the department heads to cut at least six percent out of their budgets or the council members will need to do the reductions. The state cut more than $830,000 from next year’s budget and it needs to be finalized prior to Dec. 31 of this year.
The Knox City Council will consider a budget reduction resolution during tonight’s meeting. The resolution calls for cuts to five of the city’s funds, including a reduction of nearly $200,000 from the General Fund, to compensate for the circuit breaker credit. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board members discussed budget reductions during their meeting last night.
There were only three members in attendance, but Superintendent Lynn Johnson explained to those present what cuts they were looking to make. Johnson said the cancellation of grants and declining school enrollment were two main reasons for the $1.2 million cut.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board continues to find ways to cut $1.2 million from the general fund in the corporation’s budget.
Superintendent Lynn Johnson said a budget work session was held last week to tackle this issue.
“We’re still in the process of making reductions,” stated Johnson. “We did have some retirements this year and so that does help with the budget. Some of the budget reductions will be basically a half of a year because we’re just talking just half of the year in 2014. In 2015, you’ll have the whole year’s advantage. We’re looking at making final recommendations at the May 20 meeting.”
Schools are facing tough times with the changes in the state’s funding formula, including Eastern Pulaski Schools.
“From the funding we got in 2011, we are going to be cut the restoration grant of $618,000, a small school grant of $107,000, a primetime grant of $80,000, allowances to help with our special needs program $28,000, vocational allowance to help with that program $11,000, and we’re anticipating our Title One program to be cut about $8,000,” said Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent, Dr. Robert Klitzman.
A tough and controversial decision was made last night by the Culver Community School Board, as they ultimately voted 5-2 to discontinue operation of Monterey Elementary School. The closure of the school was due to a need to meet budget cuts in the amount of $855,928 over two years from the state. While this decision may not have been the most popular one, the Board felt it was the best decision for the school, as well as the teachers, the students, and even the parents.
“The vote ended up being five members voted for the motion, two members voted against the motion, and the motion was to discontinue operation of Monterey Elementary school effective at the end of this current school year,” said Superintendent Brad Schuldt, “and that the students beginning next year would be a part of the Culver Elementary School body.”
The Indiana Department of Education has released a preliminary budget estimate for schools and according to Superintendent, A.J. Gappa, the Knox Community School Corporation looks to be in better shape than its neighboring schools. He said that the School Corporation could see an increase in the next two years.