School board members are not happy at the prospect of having to cut more than $11 million from its budget.
As noted in today's article, board members complained that having to make cuts so deep would hurt a "lean budget." Board members said that might even lead to considering things such as cuts to the classroom and layoffs.
With potentially as much as $5.7 million being cut by the county, the year-round conversion tiff resurfaced.
Board members Lori Millberg and Patti Head said they wouldn't be in as bad a position if they had a larger fund balance. They said that getting the $4.7 million from county commissioners to pay for the year-round conversions would help.
As you may recall, commissioners declined to provide the $4.7 million last year after parents opposed to the conversions lobbied them for help. School board members argued they should have gotten the money because voters had approved the funding as part of the 2006 bond issue.
The school board wound up paying for the conversions by taking the money out of its fund balance. The amount needed was reduced to $2.9 million.
Millberg and Head said getting that money now would allow them to put it into fund balance to deal with new potential cuts.
Don't be surprised if the school board formally asks for the conversion money after the Democrats take over the board of commissioners next month.