VISD to work on this year's budget

July 19, 2011 at 2:19 a.m.

The Victoria school board will finally have the opportunity to work with some concrete numbers to set the upcoming school year's budget.

At its meeting Thursday, the board is expected to look at a budget scenario set forth by Francis Koch, the executive director of budget and finance. The budget will take into account the 6 percent cut in state funds the Legislature passed late in the special session.

"The priority through all this has been (to) minimize the impact of cuts on the classroom," said Diane Boyett, district communications specialist.

The budget will be based on last year's enrollment of 12,800 students and will not require any layoffs or a tax increase.

"There will still continue to be attrition. Every position is being carefully analyzed, and it will be living within our means," Boyett said.

The budget will also reflect the loss of some grants for programs like pre-kindergarten and technology. But, the bottom line will be helped by about $1.2 million from the federal Education Jobs Fund.

The budget work session will allow board members to tweak numbers and ask questions, but most departments have already been trimmed as much as possible, Boyett said.

"There's not a lot of wiggle room when you're doing cuts."



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