School district budget gap being kept under wraps
JANESVILLE--The Janesville School Board faces a multimillion-dollar budget gap that it must fill with revenue or cuts. But one month into its fiscal year, the board still doesn’t have a good estimate of how big the gap is.
The gap won’t be revealed until late this month, district CFO Keith Pennington indicated at a school board committee meeting Monday.
The information would be the first budget projection since last fall.
Superintendent Karen Schulte said her administration has followed orders from the board in keeping budget projections secret.
The reason appears to be public relations.
Schulte said keeping budget projections under wraps helps avoid explaining why projections change over time, something she said is difficult to explain to the community.
The board and administration came under fire from the public during budget discussions last year.
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