Why the public is getting worried about Clark public schools
In a year where the public has been fretting about a looming budget shortfall, Clark has come under scrutiny over its finances.
Now, a new report from a group of Clark students has raised questions about the school system’s finances.
The report, written by Clark’s former superintendent, Mark G. Clark, and commissioned by the school board, found that in the 2013-14 school year, Clark had a $9.5 million deficit, according to a Clark spokeswoman.
That amount is $9,000 less than the deficit Clark had in the previous year, and $10,000 more than the projected deficit.
The Clark administration says it has reduced the deficit by $2.7 million.
But in its latest budget request, the school district says it would be better to have a balanced budget.
The district is facing a $5.4 million budget shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year.
Clark says that is expected to be funded through additional state aid, including money for the construction of a new school.
Clark says that Clark will take additional steps to avoid any potential fiscal crisis.
For example, it has committed to cutting staff in two departments and eliminating more than 50 positions in the district.
It has also put aside $5 million for a new “public safety and security budget,” the spokeswoman said.
But in the end, the district says that’s all the money it has.
“We are working with the Clark County School District to achieve a balanced and sustainable budget,” Clark spokeswoman Amy Brown said in a statement.
“We will continue to focus on the needs of our students and their families.”