Bellevue ISD on a Tight but Healthy Budget

Many schools in our area are getting ready to hit the panic button due to education budget issues, but we were able to find one district that's actually standing on a healthy fund balance. This year enrolment is up 20 plus students, which puts Bellevue in a good position to generate funds for this 2011-2012 school year. They are not anticipating on making any drastic changes in staff in the near future.

With a short fall in educational funding, the past 5 years have been tough for the Bellevue Independent School District.  It's down to the bare bones in staff and officials have already cut out any fluff in their budget.

A tax ratification election passed last year and higher enrollment numbers has Bellevue running on a healthy budget. The superintendent says the district will have 1.5 million dollars next school year, a number that will hopefully keep growing.

As Bellevue and other districts across the state wait for the 2012-2013 education funding budget, everyone has to prepare for the best and worst case scenarios.  Worst case scenario for Bellevue would mean losing about 180 thousand dollars, but the superintendent is not pressing the panic button just yet.

The Bellevue Independent School District has about 183 students which is about 20 more than last year for grades k through 12.

The superintendent says they will continue to run on a conservative budget until more funding comes there way. Other schools in Clay County feeling the pinch are Petrolia and Byers school districts.

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6