SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES BUDGET
(ATLANTIC) The Atlantic School Board discussed their budget last night.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Amstein says their priority is to provide the same services that were provided this past year, both instructionally and in support areas. Amstein said he thinks the budget for the 2011-2012 school year will meet that challenge.
“I believe that based on what we’ve done, our budget is going to look very similar to this year’s budget,” said Amstein. “I think what we anticipated to do, we project that at the end of this school year we will have spent 13-million 200-thousand dollars. That might be a little bit high, but we wanted to go ahead and estimate a little bit high. That falls well within this year’s budget. Next year we project our costs to be about 13-million 500-thousand dollars and I believe we can meet that expenditure projection also.”
Amstein said they tried to control costs this year and those controlled costs are going to be reflected in practices that they do next year. He noted that there is a 17-percent increase in support services to factor in the escalating fuel costs, and there is a negative 35-percent in total expenditures in which a large portion is attributed to the refinancing of the bonds earlier this year with Piper Jaffrey.
Amstein said they are not looking at staff cuts and they do not project an increase in student, they project that number to hold steady with this year.
All in all, Amstein says this is a realistic budget, one that will allow them to provide a quality instructional program and increase achievement in their students.