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State budget could reduce CCSC funds

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dan Schroeder
The governor's budget and the impact it will have on Clay Community School Corporation was discussed during the regular session of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees.

"I received a draft of the funding formula, which is based on what the governor's proposal has determined," Schroeder said.

The basic grant given to CCSC by the state funds most of the general fund and is budgeted to allow for employees salaries and benefits. In 2009, the basic grant was $27,787,112. With changes made in the proposal by the governor, the 2010 grant would be $27,388,191 with a loss of $398,921. In 2011, with the continuation of the proposal, the amount would be $27,030,082, a loss of $757,030 compared to 2009.

"Over the course of two years (CCSC) would lose a total of $1,155,951 in the basic grant," Schroeder said.

The governor has proposed the school corporations to use stimulus money in an effort to make up for the difference in funding.

If stimulus money is used to make up the difference in 2010, there will be $331,578 in increases, which means the amount would go up $28,118,690 instead of the $27,787,112 and in 2011, the amount will be $27,760,581.

Over the course of two years, with the use of only the basic grant, CCSC will lose $1,155,951. With the stimulus proposal, there is an addition of $305,047 during the course of the two years.

CCSC will rank 21st in the state of Indiana with the loss of dollars, while Indianapolis Public Schools will rank first.

"Through all the communication we have received, we have been told not to spend the stimulus money on recurring benefits," Schroeder said. "So, I'm a little confused to be told that we shouldn't be using this money for continuing expenses and yet they add this money into the formula for the basic grant that is used for continuing expenses."

The proposal talks about a 2 percent average increase across the state of Indiana, which means not all corporations will see that much of an increase.

"From the information we received previously on stimulus money, superintendent's believed we would be seeing that increase in the basic grant without the aid of stimulus dollars," he said. "There is a real problem in communication at the state level, at the governor's office, that is filtering down to the schools."

Schroeder said CCSC must have the first budget advertisement by Aug. 2 in order to meet the deadline, and a budget will need to be put together before knowing what the government plans to do with the money.

The federal government regulates what stimulus money can be spent on, and the money cannot be supplanted, only supplemented.

"We need to be careful on additional expenditures, because if we are going to lose money from one year to the next, it's going to be very hard to recommend any increases in programs that would be beneficial to kids unless we gain stimulus or grant money," Schroeder said. "If we lose this amount of dollars, then we will have to look next year at cutting costs anyway we can. We are OK this year, we have a structural surplus, but if it is used up, it is going to be very difficult in the future."

In other business during Thursday's meeting, board members:

* Approved 6-0 to declare the modular classrooms at Meridian and East Side Elementary obsolete and to be sold or discarded. Board member Dottie King was not present,

* Accepted 6-0 food service bids for bread and bun products, milk and dairy products for the period of Aug. 1, 2009-July 31, 2010, and

* Approved 6-0 the transfer of $422,500 from the school bus replacement fund to the rainy day fund, which can be combined with the $550,000 already transferred to the rainy day fund to purchase a bus garage if the board decides to at a later date.

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The Governor only gives the information he chooses. Lucas Oil Stadium is another example. He will be our next Republician President; how is that for a choice...We all need to vote every elected official out of office in the next election! Even at the local level, the same people are elected over and over, and the only thing they have going for themselves is being related to 75% of the people in Clay County. The only way to demand accountability is to let them know they have one term. Governor Daniels bought everyone's vote last year by lowering property taxes. What happened this year? "Mitch Daniels, I wouldn't trust him".

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 7:40 AM

Dan Schroeder

You look just like Chevy Chase you are a celebrity after all

-- Posted by Paulee2468 on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 8:38 AM

One question that I have is how do we keep coming up with a surplus in the Bus Replacement Fund. The only way that I can see is that we are over-budgeting for bus replacements that are not needed or not taking place. This looks like a ploy by the school corporation to generate discretionary funds (in the Rainy Day Fund) from tax levies that are ear-marked for specific purposes such as bus replacement. Basically, the taxpayer is paying for something that he has been told was needed that, apparently, was not needed in the first place so that the school corporation can do something that the taxpayer has no control over.

At the end of the budget cycle, excess amounts in the Bus Replacement Fund, the Transportation Fund, and the Capital Projects Fund would normally be transferred into the General Fund for the next budget. The amount stated as being held in the Rainy Day Fund would cover the shortfall that the superintendent states that we will see in the General Fund over the next two budget cycles.

The corporation recently purchased a property on Depot Street, in addition to the property that it had, when it was discovered that it had no place for the Buildings and Grounds Department. Now, it is contemplating purchasing the Wallace property on U.S. 40. to house just the Transportation Department with the Buildings and Grounds Department using the shop facilities as needed. While the corporation has negotiated a good price for the Wallace property, in 2007 the corporation planned to spend over $4 million dollars to build one facility to house both of those departments. That facility was planned at 11,500 square feet on 2.5 acres of land. The Wallace building and property is almost double that size yet is planned to fully house only one department with Buildings and Grounds being split between two locations requiring constant employee movement which costs money. Frankly, the Wallace property and the building that is no on it is large enough to house both departments and, with the construction of another building, a new Central Office.

Our school corporation officials and Members of the Board of Trustees need to start thinking about how they are spending money and start getting the job done at the lowest cost, not only in initial expenditure but in reducing future costs out of our annual budget while improving education!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 9:20 AM


Hey! Thats my idea too. If they are the incumbent, if they are already in office vote for someone else. I GUARANTEE, the crap we have to deal with on EVERY level will be gone in less than 10 years. Everything from overspending to high taxes. FIXED by one little thing: don't vote for an incumbent. Let's push it! e-mail me: ntrngr@gmail.com

-- Posted by TheRider on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 2:43 PM

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