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Shrinking enrollment prompts Brown County schools need to cut $1M from its budget

Shrinking enrollment prompts Brown County schools need to cut $1M from its budget
Posted at 4:11 PM, May 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 16:11:18-04

NASHVILLE, Ind.--  Brown County schools is looking for ways to cut more than $1 million from its budget.

The rural school district passed an operating referendum in May 2016 that will raise approximately $1 million a year for seven years, but the district is overspending while enrollment continues to shrink, according to Superintendent Laura Hammack.

Hammack told RTV6 the district is down 100 students and projections show Brown County Schools will lose 300 students within the next 10 years.

Hammack said as a result of declining enrollment, the district receives fewer general fund dollars.

Among the proposals to cut expenses include drastically reducing overtime pay and eliminating jobs, such as classroom assistants and speech pathologists.

READ MORE | School district budget presentation

The school board is expected to talk about the cost cutting proposals at their May 4 meeting.