Passage of the state’s annual budget on Oct. 9 has school districts in the state taking another look at their own budgets.

The Corry Area School District is no exception. The board of directors on June 15 passed a $32.1 million spending plan that included a 1-mill tax decrease to taxpayers.

Some changes in the amount expected from the federal and state governments and the dollars the Corry Area School District will actually receive, however, could prompt Business Manager Mike Andrus to ask the board to reopen its 2009-10 budget.

“The only reason for me to reopen the budget is because of stimulus money in there,” Andrus said.

There are stimulus dollars included in the district’s budget that the district will not receive after all.

The district’s budget had included $528,600 in federal stimulus money. Andrus said when all was said and done, that money did not come through.

“It’s federal money, but the state kept it,” Andrus said.

Had Corry received the money, Andrus said it would have been used to construct two rooms at Columbus Elementary School for lifeskills students.

“They gave it to us as a basic education increase and not state stabilization funds,” Andrus said.

The district will receive $562,431, or a 4.6 percent increase over last year in basic education funding.

Overall, Corry’s budget will see an increase of $550,555, or 4.5 percent, over the amount the district received from the state last year for basic education, the educational assistance program, and a state accountability grant.

And even without the $528,600, the district will receive $1.8 million more than last year for special programs, but the funding is a one-time deal, Andrus said.

See the Journal's Thursday, October 15th edition for full story.

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