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Despite cuts, rising costs affect Ridgway school district budget

March 12, 2014

Photo by Katherine Porter – School board members (from left) Johna Holtz, Aimee Kemick and Kathy Lampman during the regular meeting of the Ridgway Area School Board of Directors held Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday evening, Ridgway Area School District finance manager Brent Rhoads presented information to the board concerning costs and trends for the school district over the past several years.
The 2014-2015 budget is yet to be completed. However, according to Rhoads, district officials will not wait until the state budget is passed as it could be as late as July by the time figures come through.
"I just wanted to try to show some of the issues we have going on in our budget this year," Rhoads said.
Staff salary payments are on the decline, yet fringe benefit payments continue to climb.

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