District 265 in Farmington is being pinched by the state budget.
So it’s thinking about making drastic cuts, such as delaying the start of the school year or possibly even shutting it down.
“We want to make it very clear that these are just possibilities,” says Superintendent John Aslund.
He says the district would lose nearly $5 million next year if state funding is shut off, a possibility if the current budget standoff continues.
“We’re not trying to scare anyone,” Aslund said, “but we want people to understand that this situation is very serious and we can’t assume everything is going to be OK if we don’t take some action.”
So the district sent letters home with students explaining the consequences of the budget stalemate.
“We started talking about a month ago at the board of education level to let people know that this is a very, very serious situation,” Aslund said.
Aslund says they still have reserve funds, which they are monitoring closely. He says those won’t “last forever and we have to mindful of our property, property tax base and taxpayers.”
(Photo Courtesy of District 265)