Rethinking Jefferson City Schools Budget
This and other budget concerns topped Tuesday night's Jefferson City school board meeting. The school year's only half over, but the board estimates the district will overspend its budget by $150,000.
The district's struggling with higher healthcare for teachers. District officials say they need to make adjustments. But, Tanner Williams of the Missouri Federation of Teachers says, the district should leave health benefits alone.
"You know, our educators are trying to meet the demands of No Child Left Behind and higher state standards, and trying to provide quality education for our school children. The last thing they need to worry about is rising costs in healthcare or whether or not they'll have affordable healthcare," said Williams.
The board's also concerned about the district's higher energy bills.
"Our worries, and this is with any school district, if you're not worried about natural gas costs, and the cost of diesel for your school buses you're just not in the real world anymore," said Turner Tyson, assistant superintendent.
So, the district's looking for ways to save money. One of the recommendations was to give credit cards to 5-6 administrators. These credit cards could save money for the school district through rebates.
The school board took no budget action at the meeting, but members say the budget's tight and the district needs to cut costs. The district will spend $1.5 million on energy this year, if the board does not cut costs.