GARY | The Gary Community School Corp. is going to host a special meeting Wednesday to talk about district finances.
The school budget has been the subject of discussion for many months as the district wrestled with how to cut $23 million from the 2012 budget.
That discussion heated up last week when the president of the Gary Teachers Union sent out a letter to teachers asking for their input should the district not be able to make payroll after November. However, school officials have said they have enough money to make payroll through the end of December.
Prior to a School Board finance committee meeting Monday night, Superintendent Cheryl Pruitt said Wednesday's meeting will focus on the need for the district to do business differently. Pruitt said she would like to see a three- to five-year budget plan. She said any budget plan will have to include some cuts but she didn't specify where.
"We have to do business differently," Pruitt said.
Pruitt and the board held a retreat Friday at the Deep River Education Center in Lake Station. Pruitt said the discussion centered around the causes of problems within the district and ways it could improve. Administrators also reviewed ways to enhance and improve educational programs.