NACS Must Cut $2.4 Million Immediately

By Laura Donaldson

NACS Must Cut $2.4 Million Immediately

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 1, 2010 at 4:45 PM EDT

HUNTERTOWN, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Northwest Allen County Schools are facing a $3.3 million budget deficit. At Monday’s school board meeting school officials announced they have to cut $2.4 million immediately.

“We are talking about some major or fundamental adjustments our educational development delivery system,’ NACS Business Manager Bill Mallers said.

Mallers told board members and parents that major cuts must happen now where teachers, staff and programs are concerned. Mallers says the district is using their cash balance or "rainy day" fund to support educational programs right now. He says they will continue to use these funds for the next three years but cuts must begin now.

“When we look at our general fund budget 90.3 percent of that fund is spent on personnel, and that's salary and benefits,” Mallers said. “So when you talk about an impact of what we're looking at we're going to have to look at personal and the programs provided to our students.”

He says they're also looking at closing schools.

“We've determined that nothing is off the table at this point in time,” Mallers said.

NACS Board President Donald Duff says they hope to minimize the effect on students.

“We want to do everything we can to maintain the classroom as they are though,” said Duff. “We want that to be the last place we look.”

Mallers says teachers and staff will be notified of changes by May.

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