Recently, various media outlets have reported that Affton School District is facing a budget shortfall for the 2015-2016 school year. We would like to lend some clarity to these reports.
At the Affton Board of Education meeting on March 3, 2015, a preliminary budget for the 2015-2016 school year was presented as an information only item by Steven Fedchak, Director of Business for Affton Schools. While this budget did indicate a potential deficit of $818,954, it is important to note that this amount was based on revenue and expenditure numbers known at the time of the report.
As quoted in the South County Times, Fedchak reported at the March 3 meeting: “Budget data has been prepared with reasonable revenue and expenditure projections based on what is known today. Forming the budget takes time as more information becomes available.”
“Rather than projecting what might happen with state funding or what could happen with teacher and staff retirements among other variables, we are taking a more pragmatic approach to the process and looking at what we know,” explains Dr. Steve Brotherton, superintendent. “We are using information as it becomes available to constantly update the budget before it is presented for approval to the Board of Education in May. Our goal is to have a balanced budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and we are confident that it is possible.”