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Marshall ISD to take another $900K funding loss

Marshall ISD to take another $900K funding loss

POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 1:37pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 1:38pm

Marshall ISD will lose an additional $900,000 on top of the predicted $2.5 to $3 million budget shortfall for the 2012-2013 school year, according to administrators.

The additional loss was discussed during a special called workshop by the trustees Thursday.

According to Marshall ISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols, the $900,000 was additional stimulus money from the government that had been in the district’s budget the past two years.

“We are paying regular teachers, not in special programs, out of that money, and that money will not be there next year,” Nichols said.

Nichols shared 16 different budget options to help make up for the deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

One of the options discussed by board members was the idea of contracting out custodial and transportation services.

According to Dr. Nichols, the district is currently spending $2.3 million in transportation and $1.23 million in custodial and grounds.

He said administrators received a $1.5 million proposal from a company out of Tyler who would contract out MISD custodial services.

“That’s still a good deal more than we spend,” Dr. Nichols said. “My plan is to bid out custodial services, and then we will get figures and know if we can do it or not.”

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