Hallsville schools hire finance consultant after proposed budget cuts

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago March 12, 2016 Mar 12, 2016 Saturday, March 12 2016 Saturday, March 12, 2016 4:16:00 PM CST in News
By: Amber Smith, KOMU 8 Reporter

HALLSVILLE – The Hallsville School District has hired a finance and budget consultant, following questions from parents about the budget at a school board meeting in February.

The district announced Tuesday that Jason Hoffman will be the finance and budget consultant for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. 

Acting Superintendent John Downs said he hired Hoffman because he has a reputation as an expert in education finance. Hoffman is the chief financial officer/chief operating officer for Jefferson City Public Schools.

This decision follows proposed budget cuts that would reduce the districts' expenses in budget year 2017 by $911,675 from the 2016 budget year. A full room full of parents raised questions about how finances were being handled at a school board meeting in February. 

The district said Hoffman will complete a comprehensive analysis of historical data to evaluate the district’s current financial position and aid the district in the development of the 2016-17 budget.

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