The Galesburg School Board is now ready to begin finalizing the budget for the 2014-15 school year.
During last night’s Board of Education meeting, approval was given to begin considering a tentative budget. District 205 was initially projecting a $5-million dollar, but that figure has been trimmed down to $2.7-million.
The Board has already cut back services, increased fees, and closed a school to better manage recurring fiscal year deficits.
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations David Black tells WGIL that finding items to cut is becoming more difficult.
“Right now we’re really down to the point of, you know, if this continues we’ve got to look at, the board is going to have to look at everything from cutting programs to, you’ve got to do something,” says Black.
Now that a tentative budget has been adopted, the Board will be finalizing more specific decisions in the coming months.
The budget is currently slated for adoption in September of this year, but payments will begin out of the budget this month due to the state revenue schedule.
Black tells WGIL the biggest challenge will actually be balancing the budget.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do about it because it’s not like we can just go get more money,” says Black. “We’ve been cutting expenses right and left and we’ve slice 2-million dollars out of the budget since I’ve been here.”
The tentative budgets for the District, Knox-Warren Special Education District, and the Galesburg Area Vocational Center were adopted unanimously.