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BISD must return estimated $1.5 million to state for overestimating average daily attendance
BEAUMONT - The Beaumont school board is trying to find ways to save money to deal with a development two trustees are describing as a "surprise."
Woodrow Reece and Mike Neil tell KFDM News a consultant helping the district with its finances told board members Monday night the district must return $1.5 million to the state. The state funds districts based on average daily attendance. Neil told us the board was "completely blindsided" by the announcement.
Thursday, the consultant will present ideas to the board to save money. The consultant says everything is on the table.
Reece tells KFDM News the district is saving money by not filling any positions that become open through attrition and by cutting overtime.
Neil believes the district can cut positions but he says teaching positions should be the last area they look at.
Reece says the consultant did have some good news. He said the district might end up with $15 million in the general fund. Neil told us he "doesn't see how" and he's not comfortable with the estimate.
The district will begin planning next year's budget at the end of this month and the process will continue through the summer.
Unless the district's appeal is granted the state will take over the district by mid June and a board of managers will made budgetary decisions.