Faced with an estimated $14.8 million dollar budget gap, the Cincinnati school district is asking the public for ideas on reducing costs and raising revenue. Superintendent Mary Ronan says the general fund budget for next school year totals $474 million. Now the challenge is to balance the spending plan by the end of next month as required by law.
Ronan says the shortfall is because of state funding.
"We believe we are now back up to what we were getting in 2007," she said. "The last several years we saw significant cuts from the state."
In order to comply with state rules, Cincinnati Public Schools says it has changed the way it reports when a student transfers from one school in the district to another. Instead of withdrawing the student from one school and waiting for him or her to enroll at another, the district will now enroll the student immediately in the new school and the new school will have the responsibility to make sure the student shows up.