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Gwinn schools talk budget amid uncertain state funding

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Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 9:23 PM EDT
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Monday night the Gwinn school district discussed budget amid many unanswered questions. Meeting remotely the districts board passed budget amendments for the 2019-2020 year and held a hearing for the 2020-2021 budget.

The school is looking at a budget of about $11 million dollars with about $166,000 in the general fund for 2020, but are also looking at an operational deficit of about $140,000. They are estimating a possible $700 per pupil loss in state revenue but there are many unknowns at this time.

"It is our collective responsibility to still maintain a positive fund balance growth and we need to continue to grow that, and how do we grow that in a time of such financial distress statewide," said Superintendent Sandra Petrovich.

Other school districts are approaching their budgets in a conservative fashion with so many unknowns remaining regarding funding. Gwinn is also moving forward with their senior graduation ceremony this Friday.

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