Auburn Enlarged City School District officials and board of education members mulled over different options in light of the district's looming $2 million deficit.
The options were discussed during a budget workshop at Auburn High School Tuesday. The district's original deficit comes to $2,561,484.
District business manager Lisa Green discussed ways the district could save money. They include $158,000 in the projected teachers retirement system rate and $250,000 through a discount from the vendor of a reading program and funding through a grant related to that program. The district is also set to spend $100,000 less on maintenance equipment, she said, along with five teacher retirements which would result in $75,000 in savings. Green also said the district could conservatively receive another $200,000 in extra state aid. Also, Green noted $76,000 will have to be put back in the budget, thanks to an expiring grant.
The district is considering using $850,000 from its fund balance reserves to reduce the shortfall. District Superintendent Jeff Pirozzolo told the board he wanted a sense of how comfortable it was with that and which budget scenarios the board wanted to explore. He said that although it is feasible this year, it is not ideal long term.
Green talked about using reserve funds.