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Brookfield schools move forward with budget recovery plan

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BROOKFIELD TWP., Ohio - The Brookfield Local School District is on the road to fixing its budget woes.

The district's financial planning and supervision commission, approved a recovery plan proposed by the state auditor at its meeting Tuesday.

The plan is meant to outline how the district will lift itself out of fiscal emergency.

The commission's chair tells 21 News, he believes the district could make its way out of fiscal emergency within a year and credits the passage the recent 4.85 mills levy as a major factor in keeping the district's budget balanced.

"Without that levy, this district would be in very dire circumstances," Paul Marshall says, chair of the commission.

Like other districts across the state, Marshall says Brookfield Local Schools saw state funds dwindle when Ohio's budget was in the red.

In 2005, the district was placed on fiscal caution for its projected deficits of $670,345 for fiscal year 2006. The fiscal conditions worsened from there due to over-expenditures when compared to the district's revenue.

Marshall says the district is anticipating more state funding this school year. Casino revenues of $24,000 for the 2013 fiscal year will be received. The district expects to receive $60,000 annually in future gambling revenues.

Some of the strategies under the recovery plan include commission approval of all personnel contracts and purchase more than $5,000.

During the past several years, the district has hired new employees at lower salaries and wages to cut costs.

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