Bement schools look to trim 2014 budget

By Amanda Jean
Journal-Republican correspondent

Bement Superintendent, Dan Brue, is already planning for fiscal year 2014.

He projected at the November meeting that the district needs to reduce expenses by $200,000.

Brue isn’t even positive that cutting expenses by $200,000 will be enough.

“I can’t tell you $200,000 is going to be enough to make it,” he said. “That’s depressing.”

Brue doesn’t expect to receive all the money that the state owes the district, but thinks they will receive nearly 80 percent. The district won’t know how much they will receive until sometime in 2013.

One reason the district will receive less money is because of the decrease in enrollment. Brue says that the district just doesn’t have the students to receive a larger portion of state dollars.

The board approved the resolution regarding estimated amounts necessary to be levied for 2012. Brue expects the value of land in the school district to rise because of the farmland assessment. He expects to receive over $116,000 this year.

The executive session minutes from the past six months will not be available to the public. The board chose to keeps all minutes closed.

As part as the Performance Evaluation Reform Act, Brue must be evaluated by a certified principal evaluator. The board appointed Brett Robinson to evaluate Brue.

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