Richland School Board approves $102M budget

The Richland School Board on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of the $102 million budget proposed by administrators for the 2011-12 school year.

The vote was 4-0, said Rich Puryear, director of financial services. Board member Rick Donahoe was held up at work and could not make it to the board meeting on time.

Under the now-approved budget, Richland schools will offer the same range of programs and classes as it had previously, despite painful cuts in state and federal money.

To achieve this, the district will take $3.2 million out of reserves, cutting the money it has set aside nearly in half.