Aug 26, 2013 at 7:17 am
The grand forks school board will review a 14 page response tonight to questions raised during a recent public hearing regarding the district’s budget deficit. A proposed 28-point-six percent levy increase caught a lot of taxpayers off guard in light of increased state spending on k-12 schools this past session. The district spent down reserves to the tune of around six million dollars during the 2012-13 school year. looking ahead School officials says extra revenues are needed to counter the loss of two-million dollars in federal impact aid…cuts caused by sequestration… and a three-point-two million dollar increase due to enrollment growth and staffing. The document also suggests delaying construction on a new south side elementary school by two years would push costs upwards by over three-million dollars. the board is scheduled to meet at six p-m.