When the Clay Community School Board of Trustees removed the option of a school closure in the discussion of budget cuts for the General Fund, concerned parents throughout the community breathed a collective sigh of relief at the February school board meeting.
But the problem with the General Fund remains, and $1 million in budget cuts still have to take place.
Clay Community School Board President Ted Jackson requested the school administration make a presentation of other possible options available to the board at this month's meeting.
Searching for excessive expenses in other areas such as increasing health and property insurance premiums and the possible reduction in force (RIF) of excess staff has taken place, but was limited by the area in which the cuts have to take place.
The General Fund is 90 percent salaries and benefits for employees, most of which are negotiable only under contract. This is where budget cuts must be found in order to fix the current financial problems facing the school board and the community.
Superintendent William Schad is scheduled to make a presentation concerning the new options at Thursday's 7:30 p.m. public meeting in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.