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February 19, 2011

Nevade School District School District preparing to face difficult decisions

Robert Perea:

Cuts in its 2011-12 fiscal year budget figure to be painful for the Lyon County School District, but District officials hope to make sure those cuts have as little effect on students as possible.

District officials began brainstorming sessions last week, with the input from the members of the Board of Trustees' Budget Committee, to begin to identify and list priorities for which programs they are willing to cut.

LCSD Director of Finance Wade Johnson said the District's administration and the Board of Trustees will work to create a priority list of cuts and how much each cut could potentially save the District.

Then, when the District receives its actual budget figures, it will make whatever cuts have been prioritized to get down to the actual budget figure (listed for expenditures).

"Making concrete plans is premature, but we do need to start planning," Johnson said.

The Lyon County School District supports 8,730 students with an annual budget of $92,147,208 ($10,555,24/student). Locally, the 2011 State of the Madison School District reports $379,058,945 in planned 2010-2011 spending for 24,471 students. Madison's per student spending this year is $15,490.13.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at February 19, 2011 1:25 AM
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