The news isn't bad for Clay Community School Corporation.
During a special meeting Tuesday, a budget hearing was conducted in which Business Manager Mike Fowler addressed the concerns of the board regarding the capital projects plan, school bus replacement plan and levy neutrality.
"We are fiscally stable, especially when compared to other corporations," Fowler said. "With the information we have available to us today there are no major changes."
Fowler added that compared to other corporations CCSC is doing great in other areas as well.
"I've heard of other school corporations have an average of 36 kids in an elementary classroom, or having to RIF (reduction in force) 160 teachers," he said. "We are keeping teachers in the classrooms, keeping class size numbers down, paying for a building project and continuing to improve the quality of education through technology."
"We have increased our academic scores, our schools are accredited, for the last three years we put together goals and strategies, our graduation rates have improved and fiber (optic) has been installed at Clay City," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "Even in these economic times we have continued to improve, we have been frugal and we are improving."
The floor was opened for comments from patrons and Clay County resident John Brush commented on the hard work of everyone in the corporation, certified and non-certified.
"I think as a small community, it is great to see the improvements," Brush said. "We are improving our building, putting reliable buses on the road and not RIFing teachers. You have done an excellent job without tax dollars."
Board member Dottie King agreed with Brush.
"We have put our money where our mouth is," King said. "We are sitting on this board during some tough economic times, we are not RIFing teachers and we have kept our class sizes small."
Though there is still the possibility for the state to cut funding again in the future, the board agreed CCSC seems to be able to weather another storm.
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees will vote on the budget on Sept. 13.