The Bay District School Board is already taking a look at next year's budget, and things may be looking up. Though, the Superintendent says there are a few priorities to take into account.
Two of the main things the School Board is taking into consideration when budgeting for next school year are school safety and transportation. The District has the oldest bus fleet in the entire state, and the District needs to find the funds to replace it. Also, with the establishment of the School Safety Task Force, security recommendations may requirement more money.
Superintendent Bill Husfelt says that due to decisions at the state level, next year's budget will be in much better shape than in years past.
"This is the first time in a long time that we've had a budget discussion where we weren't looking at cuts. It's not that we're not being responsible. It's just that we're seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel, and I believe for the first time in years, we're going to be able to talk about teacher raises."
The tentative budget for next year will not be advertised until the end of July.