AUBURN – The Auburn School Board approved its budget Monday without a levy override, despite losing $500,000 in state aid.
The board’s $9.6 million budget includes a half cent levy increase, but there was also a reduction in valuation by $3.4 million.
Superintendent Kevin Reiman said the school board responded to the loss in revenue by delaying spending. Items such as teacher laptops and a new reading curriculum have been put on hold.
Reiman: “Also froze salaries for this year to help us get through. We offered early retirements. We had two teachers retire and we were able to hire the positions back with younger teachers that didn’t cost as much.”
He said other positions have not been filled.
Reiman: “It’s a very bare bones budget that just, you know, essentially gets the job done as far as educating kids.”
Board Member Michael Zaruba said it is notable that the Auburn school district is not seeking a levy override as other schools are doing. He and Board Chairman Stephen Kennedy continued calls for a fair and effective state aid to schools formula.