The following information is presented as a follow up to the May budget meeting and to provide clarification on several of the topics discussed at that meeting. Our hope is that there continues to be a transparent financial message to the stakeholders of the district as well as cogent economic reasoning used to determine the final proposed Budget. Cuts of any type are difficult, and cuts to personnel are infinitely more so. Cuts to personnel are never a comment on the personnel, but rather on a stark fiscal reality. WE hold all of our teachers and staff in the highest regard, but the reality of the situation is that there are fewer students in the schools. It must be noted, however, that even with the cuts that were made to next year’s proposed budget, there may still be a $700,000 to $1,000,000 deficit. It must also be noted that there is a proposed rise in taxes to the ACT 1 index. While the rise in taxes is regrettable, it portrays accurately the dire nature of the budget at Mohawk,
and most public schools in Lawrence County, this year.
The district previously posted all information presented at the May meeting online and can still be found on the website under “Business Office.” Please refer to the budget and ancillary presentations for facts concerning the afore-mentioned topics. We have now met with parents and stakeholders concerning a variety of budgetary issues. As with anything as complex as a school budget, there are some questions left unanswered as well as conjecture as opposed to facts. We hope this additional information helps to make clear remaining questions of the proposed final budget.