Crunching the Numbers in Navasota

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

At a Thursday night school board meeting, Navasota school board members began looking at who might lose a job.

"Everything is preliminary right now, we don't really know even that. We think that we know, maybe there might be 8 or 9 or 10 positions that might be affected," said School Board President Hollis Hood.

If those employees lose their jobs, Board President Hollis Hood says it would save the district $245,000.

In a phone interview earlier this week, Superintendent Jennings Teel says there are other cuts.

"The athletic director, he's cut $80,000 to $100,000 of the athletic budget. We're looking at consolidating bus routes which comes to $80,000 to $100,000 here and there."

Although board members have already started trimming, ironically, Hood says the board doesn't know how much it wants to cut from the budget.

"We don't really have that number yet, I guess we could probably get the number but we're not to that point yet," said Hood.

Giving district employees the proposed 3% raise would cost another half a million dollars.

With a $2.6 million fund balance, Teel says the district isn't in a financial bind, just planning ahead.

Hood doesn't agee. "That fund balance is actually less than three months operating expenses," said Hood.

If costs increase after the budget is made, money would be taken from the fund balance, says Hood, which could possibly leave the district in the hole.

The district will iron out more of its budget at a workshop Monday, July 21, at 6:30pm.

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