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J-D to dip into financial reserves

Reports regarding the Jamesville-DeWitt school district's facilities committee, the business department and the superintendent dominated the Nov. 17 J-D school board meeting.

At the meeting, J-D business executive William McIntyre delivered the district's quarterly financial report.

"All accounts are in order and balance," McIntyre said. "The biggest problem is the potential budget cuts."

McIntyre referred to the upcoming cuts in the state's budget and said that everything going on now is a potential warning of what's to come next year. He proposed that the district make the appropriate changes in the budget now for next year, in order to plan early.

McIntyre also reported that since the price of gas has dropped significantly, the district's account would save more than $100,000. The district's fuel account should be okay, McIntyre said.

Overall, McIntyre said that at the end of the year, J-D would have to dip into its reserve balance from last year.

"Depending on state aid, we'll have to dip into that fund by about $200,000 to $300,000 to balance that out," McIntyre said.

Embedded in the quarterly report were recommendations to the district that included advice about how to cut the district's budget.

McIntyre said that there are storm clouds coming but also good relief with the district's current financials.

"We may have difficult times next year, so make some changes now in the field trips and try to combine a position," McIntyre said, in his recommendations to the board.

Thomas Taylor, board president, said that J-D would start its budget process as soon as it can.

Superintendent Dr. Alice Kendrick said the district is looking at short-term and long-term costs in order to identify potential cuts.

"Some costs we have already, like retirement, benefits and contracts are negotiated over time," Kendrick said in her report. "We have to develop best case and worse case scenarios for the future."

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