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School board urged to cut spending

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By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

In a General Fund budget review, the School Board of Levy County on Tuesday was warned that so far this school year, spending has only decreased 3 percent from last year, rather than the required 7 percent.

Director of Finance Bob Clemons, speaking to the board, said at the current rate of spending, the school district would be about $1.4 million over the approved budget by the end of the school year.

Both Clemons and superintendent Bob Hastings said that all options were being considered as to how to stay within budget.

Adding to the districts budgetary concerns was an updated student full time enrollment (FTE) estimate, which showed, as of Oct. 27, a decrease of 77 students in the FTE counts. Clemons said that it could total almost 100 students once all factors are considered.

Much of state funding for school districts is distributed based on a school district’s FTE. Clemons said that the decrease could amount to $665,246 in lost revenue.

The decrease in FTE, however, was much smaller than in the 2008-09 school year, Clemons said. During that span, enrollment in Levy County schools dropped by 215 students.


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