In a move School Superintendent Richard Zimman said would be “most sustainable for the future,” the Ripon Area School Board allocated $233,771 of un-budgeted funds toward services within the district, and largely not toward reinstating teacher positions that had been laid off.

Funds used come from the amount the board authorized at its October meeting to adjust the tax levy to meet the district’s revenue cap.

At its last meeting, the board agreed to tax to its full authority, adding the approximate $233,000 back into the tax levy that was left out.

The district originally expected the state to fund that amount, but Ripon later found out it would be receiving less state aid than anticipated.

Despite the news, the district’s budget originally was drawn up $233,000, but the board decided to spend that money to “reinvest in services and staff that were previously cut due to state budget constraints.”

Read the full story in the Nov. 19, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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