Clio school board looks to approve balanced 2013-2014 budget

Clio Schools Superintendent Dr. James Tenbusch said the board is looking at a balanced budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Dozens of residents in Clio packed Tuesdayâ??s school board meeting, raising questions and concerns about next year's budget.

The district is not facing a deficit right now, but some people say theyâ??re concerned because of the reality many public school districts in Michigan are facing - diminished enrollment and less funding from the state.

Superintendent Dr. James Tenbusch said the board is looking at about $400,000 in savings for the budget year. He said the board is not looking at cutting any teaching staff right now.

â??I do believe that we're moving forward into a balanced budget situation, of course a lot depends on our current negotiations, but moving forward, i think we're OK,â?? Dr. Tenbusch said.

But at least one resident is concerned the tough cuts have to come sooner than later.

Clio resident and attorney Robert Swartwood said, â??The board is going to have to make some very tough decisions. The property values are still not coming up like they should, the tax base is not there, still losing students and the funds from the state is going down. I mean, it's a no-brainer for a business person. You just cannot continue to spend more than you take in."

The board is expected to approve the 2013-2014 budget at its meeting next Tuesday.