HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) – Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig blames deteriorating revenues for the system's nearly $17 million budget shortfall. On Thursday evening, educators presented the budget to a small crowd at a planned budget meeting.
Craig and his financial staff spent about an hour and a half spelling out his proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
The budget included the nearly $17 million deficit that Craig attributes to rising enrollments and dwindling state and local funding.
"If you kind of look forward, most of the variables in place would tend to expand that deficit," Craig explained.
The board has made some cuts already, including the controversial decision to stop bus service for regular education students after the 2013-2014 school year.
However, some parents who attended the meeting say there are other tougher cuts that need to be cut first, such as locally funded elective teachers and aides.
"Those are really extras. Now, those are extras that people in Hoover have grown accustomed to, but those are really extras," parent Trisha Crain said.
Now, the question remains whether or not any other budget cuts will come in the coming year's budget.
Thursday's budget presentation was the first of two scheduled meetings. The second presentation is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. immediately before the school board meeting.
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