Things are looking up for the finances at Menominee Area Public Schools. The Board of Education met last week to review the General Fund Budget for the 2018-2019 school year. Until recently, the state considered the District to be in “fiscal distress.” But, Superintendent John Mans says even with declining student enrollment and budgetary deficits, by dialing back spending and right-sizing the student-to-teacher ratio, the district is looking at a $1.5 -million projected fund balance for next year.
The Board also reviewed the final revised budget for the 2017-2018 school year at their meeting. The district ended this past year with a $782-thousand fund balance. Mans says despite cutting spending in many areas, the district was actually able to increase the number of Chromebooks and other technology available to students. The Board unanimously approved both the 2017-2018 final revised budget and the 2018-2019 General Fund Budget.