The Ottawa Hills Board of Education today (June 16) approved a general fund budget for the coming school year that assumes a future cut in state aid due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on state revenue.
The new school-year budget starts July 1. Projected expenses are $17.7 million, up 1 percent from last year. Revenue from all sources is projected to be $15.1 million, or about 7.4 percent less than the current year. The difference between expenses and revenue will be covered from the district's rainy day fund. The district anticipates a nearly $341,000 cut in state support; in May, the state cut $194,000 from the current year.
In anticipation of the state cuts, the district asked all departmental leaders this spring to cut 5 percent from their 2020-2021 budget requests. Because of COVID-19, additional expenses in the current fiscal year were saved on items such as lunchroom and recess monitors, substitute teachers, and not having a spring sports season.
Download the 2020-2021 General Fund Budget