Mason City, Iowa – The Mason City School Board held a special session to discuss the school’s budget for the next school year.
And they say things are not looking good.
Enrollment is down – as is funding from the state, so the school’s budget is taking a hit.
Taxpayers will be paying the lowest school levy the district has seen in more than 20 years.
But that loss of revenue means budget cuts.
Mason City’s Superintendent, Anita Micich, says April is a month she never looks forward to.
“Maybe covering from within. Maybe share people across more buildings than what we’ve done in the past, but there will be some reductions in staffing and in programming,” said Micich.
Micich says one frustration they’re facing is a delay in the Iowa Legislature giving those numbers for allowable growth which helps them set the district budget.