Schools statewide are coming under heavy budget pressures due to lack of state and federal funding. Click to hear KMZU’s Bob Allen talk with Concordia Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer:

Mary Beth Scherer

Scherer says the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is advising districts about how to survive the difficult economic times. The advice is simple; don’t get into long-term projects, be careful with salary increases, maintain your reserves, look at what you might be able to cut and not hurt the educational experience, and defer the things that are not absolutely necessary.

Scherer believes districts must be proactive in evaluating their budgets until revenues increase again, but its a mistake to be hasty and start cutting just to cut.

The Concordia School Board discussed the financial status of the district and a possible bond levy for the April ballot when they met Thursday night.