NACS Scales Back 2011 Budget

By John W. Davis

September 20, 2010 Updated Sep 20, 2010 at 10:39 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Northwest Allen County Schools presented a scaled down 2011 budget Monday night.

The 2011 proposed spending plan will cut $661,208 dollars from the 2010 budget.

The total proposed budget is $58,606,052.

The majority of proposed 2011 cuts were already implemented in August of 2010, and approved in April of 2010.

Most of the 2011 cuts were in reaction to a major loss in state funding and dwindling property tax revenues.

The biggest section to be trimmed was the general fund by $1.7 million dollars.

However, district leaders admit those cuts alone were not enough to balance the 2011 budget.

NACS Business Manager Bill Mallers said the district is using about $1,000,000 in cash reserve savings to balance the 2011 budget.

Meanwhile, health care costs and bus replacement costs are expected to go up.

However, the biggest piece of the budget puzzle is missing right now.

There has been no word if state lawmakers will cut funding in 2011, as they did in 2010.

"We will take a look at every single expenditure that we do and we will measure it against the value that it brings to educating kids," said Northwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Chris Himsel.

"As well as the legal requirements put forth by the federal government and the state government. If it doesn't bring value to keeping us in compliance or in adding value to what we do in providing an education to kids, then we really have to scrutinize whether or not we should be continuing to make that expenditure," said Superintendent Himsel.

If property tax revenues come in lower than expected, transportation and technology funding will most likely see the largest cuts.

A final vote to approve the 2011 budget is expected on Monday, October 4.

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