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Minco, Union City Schools Cope with Budget Cuts
Sunday, 11.29.2009, 11:15am (GMT-5)

By Kelly Rupp

Minco and Union City Public Schools are feeling the effects of the Oklahoma budget shortfall this year.

“I’ve been preaching this since July,” said Kevin Sims, Superintendent of Minco Public Schools. “We had a 5% monthly cut and then in October it went to 7%. I think it will eventually be a monthly 10% cut unless they open the Rainy Day fund,” Sims said.

Minco has lost $160,000 this year from gross production income, which is made up of oil and natural gas revenue. Additionally, the state has cut approximately $130,000 from Minco schools.

“We’re looking at a loss of about $300,000 from the 2008-2009 budget just in our school district,” Sims said. “It’s pretty rough, but we’re not in it alone. Some school administrators at other schools are using non-payable warrants for expenses. That means they have to borrow money from a lending institution and pay it back when the quarterly funding comes in. When they’re having to use this in September and October, that’s deadly for a budget,” Sims said.

Sims says that he is being conservative with spending and he doesn’t plan on having to cut anything at this time.

“It is what it is. There’s nothing you can do except to offset it as much as possible. The House Bill 1017 Revolving Fund is broke and collections are down, so I foresee a 10% cut before the year is over. Next year we could see a 10 to 15% cut.

 “Oklahoma has always been a boom-bust state because of the natural gas and oil industry. It might take a good two to five years to get out of this,” Sims said.

Unlike Minco, Union City does not rely on natural gas and oil gross production revenue.

“We don’t have the oil and gas revenue they have in Grady County, so we really don’t rely as heavily on that funding source,” said Todd Carel, Superintendent of Union City Public Schools.

“We’re not in panic mode right now. There’s definitely some concern out there, but they’re probably going to tap the Rainy Day Fund,” Carel said. “Basically we’re looking at a 7% cut by the month according to an email from Sandy Garrett. The big concern is next year. We’ve put procedures in place already as far as just buying necessities. We’ve always run a pretty tight ship here at Union City,” Carel said.

Union City doesn’t have many places to cut funding and Carel hopes to have a strong budget carryover this year.

“The goal is to avoid a RIF [Reduction in Force] situation. For a school this size we are in as good a shape as we could be. The carryover is 25%. I saw this coming and absorbed a position this year. Next year is the great unknown,” Carel said.

“It all comes down to staffing. If we control the payroll we’ll be all right. “What’s really scary is, watch, in a couple of years some of the little schools out west might have to consolidate,” Carel said.

“This is frustrating. I feel like we’re finally hitting on all cylinders and now this. Enrollment is up, people are moving in, everything is hitting great. We’d have it made if it wasn’t for this deal,” Carel said.

At 301, Union City is seeing its highest school enrollment since the early 1990s, according to Carel.


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