Although some money was saved because of the pandemic, overall expenses will be higher for next year at Brookfield Central School District.
In a 30-minute meeting last Friday night, BCS Superintendent Jim Plows reviewed the first pass at putting the 2022-23 budget together. Most revenues and expenses remain uncertain at this time, he said.
However, some increases are known, although not the dollar amounts. The Teachers Retirement System will see a rise in payments and Plows said the school’s sports equipment needs to be replaced.
The cost of a new school bus is expected to go up $90,000. The needs for special education students are just starting to be determined, Plows said.
When the district went to remote learning at times during the last two years, money was saved by not running buses or utilities in the building. However, Plows said that money will go away since students are back fully to in-person learning.
And, he told Board members, some significant funds will need to be budgeted for next year and more to recover the lost learning from the pandemic. “It’s going to be a number of years…