Twin Falls district freezes spending in wake of shortfall

Facing a $1.4 million shortfall, the Twin Falls School District will freeze spending until June, Ryan Blake of the Twin Falls Times-News reported Thursday.

“Generally speaking this time of year, most of the expenditures have already happened so people are starting to stock up for next year,” Superintendent Brady Dickinson said, according to The Times-News. “We’ll be pushing those expenses into the next budget year.”

Two factors contributed to the shortfall, Blake reported:

  1. State funding came in $661,835.50 below projections, That’s because fall student attendance was 1 to 2 percent lower than projections, while more teacher retirements exceeded district forecasts.
  2. The district under-projected salaries for classified employees, to the tune of $734,584. “It’s a good problem because (we) filled all our positions,” Dickinson said, “but it put us over.”
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