Increasing gas prices cause budget problems

By Rasmieyh Abdelnabi

Some may be feeling the effects of the increased gas prices now, but others won’t feel it until next year.

The DeKalb School District may go over its transportation budget this year because of gas prices, said MeriAnn Besonen, assistant superintendent of business and finance.

However, the district cannot make any changes to the budget because contracts were signed and commitments have been made, she said.

If transportation costs go over budget, the fund balance will be used to make up the difference, Besonen said.

The fund balance is made up of extra money from previous years.

The district does not have any plans for how to deal with next year’s budget.

“We just have to wait and see,” Besonen said.

Cutbacks on transportation may take place next year, she said.

Athletic directors will be given a budget to work with to schedule sporting activities.

Daily buses carrying students to and from school will not be affected because the busing service is mandated by the state, Besonen said.

“We can’t really do much here,” Besonen said.

Kreg Wesley, director of operations for the Sycamore School District, said gas prices have not affected Sycamore schools’ transportation activities because contracts and obligations were filled last year. However, field trip organizers may be more selective next year.