Staunton Cutbacks

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

One or two sruprises is expected every year for the Staunton School District but four has posed some problems.

"As much as you would like to be certain there are certain variables that you cannot predict," says R.E. Lee principal John Fahey.

That was the case this year for the Staunton School District. Its left with four suprises, two just recently, that has led to a hefty deficit in the budget.

"We're really looking at about a 150 thousand dollars, some in costs over runs on salaries and then out utility costs," says director of finance Charles Phibbs.

Tie that in with recent insurance consolidation and a low admission rate last year. And here lies the problem but their is a plan.

"We've already identified where we can cut costs by about $505,000," says Phibs. "

"We're looking to turn off computers, turning off lights and in respect its really something we should be doing anyways," added Fahey.

The biggest sacrifices are in the use of personal days and its substitute teachers.

"We're looking to be more creative and not bring in a sub when its not essential for instruction," said Phibbs.

The school board says facing a deficit is not uncommon at this time.

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