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Davenport School Board Agrees On Cuts, Will Approve At Next Meeting

Updated: April 1, 2013 10:41 PM CDT
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The Davenport School district will rely on cuts to bussing and will dip into its insurance fund to balance next year's budget.

Even as the Iowa Legislature debates the amount of school aid districts should expect.

Board members support the cuts being recommended.

Eliminating a bus route between Central High School and North High School will cut 88-thousand dollars from the budget.

Another 50-thousand dollars can be saved by eliminating bussing for students who don't need to ride the bus but currently pay for it.

The big savings comes from dipping into the District's insurance fund with two million dollars there.

If the Iowa Legislature doesn't come through with school aid, the insurance fund will have to shoulder another million dollars.

"It has happened in the past I think if they had been able to come up with an appropriate decision in the time that they should of, we would have known what the allowable growth was," says Board President Ralph Johanson.

He hopes Iowa lawmakers will come through with a deal in the next week to get Iowa school districts some extra money per student. He doesn't expect it though and says hard budget decisions will need to be made.

"It's extremely difficult and I think its inappropriate for the Legislature to not make those decisions in a timely manner," says Johanson.

The board agreed with the cuts superintendent Art Tate has assembled. Eliminating some bussing, cutting department budgets by five percent, dipping into insurance.

"We have enough money in there, we took a two million dollar holiday last year, we're going to take a two million holiday this year, so we do have more in there that we can use," says Tate.

Insurance funds may have to cover even more cuts if lawmakers approve nothing for school aid. A situation the district hopes won't happen, but has a plan for just in case.

The school board will have to adopt the budget at its meeting next week.

By law, the school district's budget is due into the state by April 15th.