Morenci school budget 6.20

Despite several cost-cutting moves, Morenci Area School’s projected budget for the 2007-08 school year still falls $150,000 in the red as financial problems continue to plague most Michigan school districts.

Cuts made in the past fiscal year have put the district in much better shape than anticipated, said Superintendent of Schools Kyle Griffith, although more needs to be done to trim spending.

Changes already approved by the board of education—listed in last week’s Observer—result in a savings of $325,000, Griffith said. These actions range from using the high school principal as a part-time teacher to the retire/rehire of the middle school principal.

The deficit for the current fiscal year ending June 30 should stand near $100,000, much better than the $285,000 shortfall projected a year ago.