By MaryHelen Swanson—
North Branch Area Public Schools is facing a $2.1 million deficit for the 2012-13 school year. At the Feb. 9 school board meeting, the North Branch school board approved three options for reducing the $2.1 million deficit to $1.3 million for the coming year budget.
These existing resources include $186,000 from the OPEB trust, $570,000 in staff development set aside (by act of legislature) for 2011-12 and 2012-13, and $80,000 in fund balance draw down (ERRP payout).
The public will have an opportunity to hear recommendations for further reductions March 1, 7 p.m., at North Branch Area Education Center, Room 126. This will not be a public hearing.
On March 8 at 6 p.m. there will be a public hearing regarding the budget, at the same location.
Also on March 8 at 6:45 p.m., there will be a public hearing regarding student fees. At 7 p.m. that same night the school board will hold its regular monthly meeting.
On March 15 there will be a special school board meeting at 7 p.m. at when the school board is expected to take action on the 2012-13 budget recommendations.
From now until March 8, the school district will be accepting input from the public on the 2012-13 budget. There are a variety of ways, besides attending the public hearting mentioned above, to provide input, including: Postal mail: Budget Input, NBAPS, 38705 Grand Ave., North Branch, MN 55056; voicemail: Call 651-674-1080; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.