Port Angeles: School Board grappling with budget shortfalls

PORT ANGELES — Declining student enrollment and increasing expenses have led to more than a $1 million in school district budget shortfalls during the last two years.

“We are trying to be extremely conservative,” School Board President Charlie McClain said. “We cannot continue to run in the red.”

The fiscal 2000-2001 budget had a negative balance of less than $400,000, McClain said. And this year, the School Board is preparing for more than a $600,000 deficit.

To make up for the shortfall last year, the district dipped into its reserve fund. The district plans to do the same to overcome this year’s red ink.

The preliminary $34.4 million budget shows a shortfall of $614,436.

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