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District to absorb state shortfall

July 6, 2011

When considering their next budget, Big Spring Independent School District officials can at least say that things could be worse.

BSISD, like other Texas school districts, will have to cope with a significant loss of revenue, thanks to the state legislature's decision to slash $4 billion in aid to schools over the next two years.

For Big Spring, that means an expected loss of $3 million this coming biennium. What it won't mean, at least for the near future, is the nightmare scenario of teacher layoffs or budget deficits that many were fearing while the legislature fought its way through the budget process.

As things stand now, BSISD's budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year will be balanced, made possible by $1.5 million in cuts enacted locally. Through attrition, the district eliminated 18 teaching positions for the coming year and several “big ticket” purchases will be put off for now.

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