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9/24/2013 2:13:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
State cutbacks result in deficit budget for Unit 20
LAWRENCEVILLE - The Unit 20 school board adopted a 2013-14 budget Monday evening that projects a $300,000 deficit.

Superintendent Doug Dougherty said state funding cutbacks and unknown factors have led to a budget that will finish in the red. Dougherty said the district will work throughout the year to make the shortage less.

"(We are) simply not getting the money we are supposed to be getting from the state," Dougherty said. "We're going to try to do what we can to make that smaller and cut corners wherever we can."

The superintendent talked about the unknowns in the spending plan.

"There are still a lot of unknowns. The teacher negotiation are still out there. With the expense of the (new) high school, not knowing."

Projected budget expenditures total $10,460,566 while revenue is projected to be $10,159,367. Those figures translate into an anticipated $301,199 deficit budget.

The largest deficit comes in the education fund which is projected to be $259,425 in the red.

Dougherty said the district is being shorted about $600,000 from the state.

Prior to passing the budget, the board held a hearing to allow the public to comment on document, which has been on file in the school office for 30 days. There were no comments.

THE DISTRICT HOPES to rid itself of the old Lawrenceville High School in the near future.

Last week, a board committee and school officials toured the facility.

"What we're looking to do now is have an auction. We have a lot of filing cabinets, tables, chairs, stuff like that," Daugherty said. "We've pulled out what we need in our district. We're going to have an auction to get rid of some of that, then we're going to look to sell the building, hopefully find someone who is interested in buying the building as is."

Daugherty said he hopes to have the building sold within the next few months.


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