Falls District Might Have a $2.4 Million Deficit

The Menomonee Falls school district might need to consider layoff or salary reductions to balance the 2013-14 budget.

The Menomonee Falls School District may have to reduce expenditures by as much as $2.4 million in order to balance the budget for the 2013-14 school year.

Revenue projection can be played out in three different ways, which include no increase per pupil revenue from the state, increase of $100 or $200 per pupil. With this information the districts expects a revenue shortfall of anywhere from $1.6 million to $2.4 million.

Other ways to make up for the shortfall are layoffs or salary reductions in order to balance the budget, according to a presentation given to the board on Feb. 11. Layoffs would be based on student enrollment, class sizes and performance. Notices to staff would be given in late March.

If employee salaries are reduced by 10 percent the district would achieve a $2 million dollar reduction. Also, teaching staff would need to be reduced by 9.5 percent in order to achieve a $2 million reduction.

Other tools that help relieve the budget include ACT 10, energy savings, reduction of supplies and equipment. 

State aid to the district was reduced by 48 percent or $7,526,749 since the 2007-08 school-year.  

The School Board is submitting a letter to state legislators asking them to consider the impact of state aid reductions and unfunded state mandates on the district budget and operations.

Richard February 18, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Agreed, cut the administrative area which for the most part has expanded way beyond need over the past 20 years or so. Also, do we really need all the vice-principals, that's a spot to review and perhaps make some cuts too. Let's cut the non-productive fat but not the kids.
atthec44 February 18, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Maybe increase the amount that school district employees pay towards their own health insurance. They’re still currently paying well below the national average.
Richard February 18, 2013 at 04:39 PM
And higher deductibles like my kids have at their non-governmental places of employment. That'l bring the cost down.
John Wilson February 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
They should secede from the state of Wisconsin and move to Mississippi.
Di Atribe February 19, 2013 at 04:45 PM
We may be getting to a sticky situation. I've always advocated trimming where necessary, and there probably is a little fat left on the bone. What I ask, though, is how much more can be left to trim if state support fell so much since 2007? Part of pushing for efficiencies is realizing when we're there and have less-vitriolic discussions to find an agreeable financial plateau. Virtually all of Act 10's ideas have been implemented already, so we need to change the tone of assuming there's layers and layers of fat ten feet thick we can slice into. All I'm suggesting is we may be at true Spartan conditions within a year or two, so we should cut down the rhetoric.


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