Natrona School District Budget Adjusts to New Realities
The Natrona County School Board approved a new budget Thursday, for the 2016-2017 school year.
The NCSD budget reflects the impact of a 1% reduction in state funding included in the Wyoming State budget that was adopted by the legislature earlier this year.
“The Wyoming Legislature continues to be very supportive of education through state funding. They have asked us to operate on 1% less in the year ahead. Natrona County School District is prepared to do our part given the current state of Wyoming’s economy,” stated Board Chair Kevin Christopherson.
The District’s General Fund budget, for next year, reflects an overall year over year reduction of $4.4 million dollars or 2.1%. This includes the 1% reduction in state funding and the planned completion and winding down of district projects and programs.
“We began preparing for this budget eighteen months ago when the state economy turned down. Every position was examined as it became vacant, allowing us to reduce staffing through attrition thus avoiding layoffs at this time.” commented Board Treasurer Paula Reid.
The budget has been balanced through the elimination of seventeen district-level positions through attrition not layoffs, reductions in operating budgets, and continued efforts, previously underway, to improve operational efficiency.
The budget also includes the completion of the construction projects underway. These projects are funded by state and local resources set aside in previous years. This budget reflects the District’s and State’s commitment to the completion of these projects. You can read the budget in detail by clicking HERE.