School board to host Nov. 5 meeting with area legislators

School board to host Nov. 5 meeting with area legislators by M. Jill Karolevitz The Vermillion School Board will meet with area legislators on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Vermillion High School library at 7:30 p.m.

Superintendent Robert Mayer will give a power point presentation about budget and school funding matters as they relate to state aid to schools.

Rep. Judy Clark, Rep. B.J. Nesselhuf and Sen. Joe Reedy will be in attendance.

"We wanted to talk to our legislators about school funding before they go to Pierre for the next legislative session," Mayer said. "Since the 1998-99 school year, the net increase in state aid has been 1.5 percent � $73,000. But in that same time, salaries, health insurance, transportation and utility costs have gone up 25 percent. � $1.1 million."

The inequity in funding versus expenses gives schools several options, including making major budget cuts, borrowing money, opting out of the tax freeze, spending fund balances if they have any or doing a combination of cuts and spending fund balances. The Vermillion School District has chosen the latter.

"But the fund balance is not going to last forever," Mayer said. "Drastic cuts will have to be made for the 2002-03 school year and this time it will involve positions."

Mayer expects that state aid will not be increased, but he does want to make legislators aware of the budgeting challenges that the district faces.

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