“Probably what will happen is [the public] will see it [at an April board of education meeting] just like [the school board] will,” Harper told the Daily Tribune News last month. “There’s really not a lot to talk about as far as where we’re going to cut or what we’re going to do. We’re going to look at our [full-time equivalent] numbers and figure out what our student population will support as far as staff. We’ve worked along using some reserve funds for the last few years, and we’re going to continue to do that.”
He added, “I doubt we’re going to have a retreat this year. There’s really just not a whole lot to talk about.”
The board last year voted unanimously to approve its budget reduction plan for the 2012-2013 school year, which included furloughs for all system employees as well as the termination of more than 20 employees. The board initially voted to raise the millage rate to 19.40 mills, or $60 a year on a $100,000 home, but were later able to balance the budget without a tax hike.