Recap of BOE Budget Work Session
The following is a brief recap of the Wayne County Board of Education’s Budget Work Session held Thursday, June 25. During a special presentation to the Board, an update was given by Dr. James Merrill, WCPS Acting Superintendent, and district administrators about student enrollment, per pupil expenditures, and available funding streams. Discussions centered around potential strategies for reducing the district’s current deficit and how to address expected shortfalls in the coming year while still preserving instructional programming, supports, and positions.
Dr. Merrill shared that the district is working hard to close out the 2019-2020 fiscal year and will be building a 2020-2021 budget in the coming weeks that will allow the school district to operate within funding allocations, begin paying off remaining debt, and to start rebuilding the district fund balance. While no final decisions have been made, top strategies being considered focus on cutting $5 million out of the base budget, cutting $400 thousand from Central Services, leaving vacancies unfilled as able, seeking out new funding streams, and adjusting school position allocation formulas to align more with the state allocation funding that is provided. Dr. Merrill was also frank with the Board of Education about the challenges ahead for the district once strategies are put in place.
The full presentation and the Board's discussion can be viewed by clicking on the following link: Budget Work Session Video