“We'll do our best using Dr. Smith's good fiscal management to stay as close as we can to having a balanced budget at the end of the year,” Miller said. “It's a challenge.”
Smith said the district will remain in solid financial shape until next spring. However, if the revenue situation has not improved by then, school officials may be faced with some hard choices, he said.
Still, cutting programs and staff is a last resort, Smith said. The last time the district reduced staff for financial reasons was in fiscal year 2010.
“We're in the people and program business,” Smith said.