Flat State Funding Forces Berryhill To Use Reserve Fund - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Flat State Funding Forces Berryhill To Use Reserve Fund

Posted: Updated:
Berryhill is having to cut into the reserve fund it usually has for emergencies and cash flow. Berryhill is having to cut into the reserve fund it usually has for emergencies and cash flow.
When the state cut funding to the level it's at now, Berryhill made a $600,000 budget cut. When the state cut funding to the level it's at now, Berryhill made a $600,000 budget cut.
"We can't continue this forever..." Berryhill Superintendent Mike Campbell said. "We can't continue this forever..." Berryhill Superintendent Mike Campbell said.
BERRYHILL, Oklahoma -

School districts all over, large and small, tell a similar story of a how a flat state budget is forcing them to make cuts to keep things going.

Even an eighth-grade math student can see the problems in the equation for Oklahoma school funding this year.

It's expected to be flat, while expenses are on the rise.

In Berryhill - that's prompting the district to make a different kind of cut - cutting into the reserve fund it usually has for emergencies and cash flow.

"So we'll be able to bring back our current staff, but we can't continue this forever, we're getting in to our fund balance and we're going to need some relief," Berryhill Superintendent Mike Campbell said.

Berryhill maintains an $800,000 reserve to pay bills before state checks arrive -- $500,000 goes just for payroll.

Next year, it will have to use $200,000 of the reserve for the regular budget.

Campbell says he's just hoping funding could be what it was a couple of years ago.

When the state cut funding to the level it's at now, Berryhill made a $600,000 budget cut.

"We cut teachers, support staff, administrative staff, some services," Campbell said. "We cut everything we possibly could and those were tough decisions, and fortunately some of that was through attrition."

With that history behind it, Berryhill is in a position to keep the teachers it has for another year.

But Campbell says next year, there won't be any room in the reserve fund to prop up the budget, so unless state support increases, Berryhill will have to make more cuts.

"We would certainly like to get back to the funding status we had in '09, before the recession and the cuts, so we can get a full staff and offer the services you need in your school district," Campbell said.

It's a similar story in Sapulpa, which is using part of its annual carryover - the reserve - next year.

Sapulpa Superintendent Mary Webb told News On 6 her district has absorbed $2.5 million dollars in state funding cuts and like other districts, it had some stimulus money for a while, but that's run out.

The situation is leading parents to get more involved asking the legislature to pump up the budget.

The "49th is Not OK!" group that held a rally in Tulsa two weeks ago is putting together a rally this Wednesday at the state capitol. They hope to make their point just as the critical decisions are being made.


Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.