May 21, 2013 9:24 AM by AP
Reductions in the number of employees, possible school closures and cuts to services including food and transportation are all possibilities as Monroe City Schools superintendent-elect Brent Vidrine takes the helm of the district on June 1.
Vidrine tells The New-Star the district will consider all expenditures to balance the upcoming fiscal year's budget.
He says the district is facing a $4.5 million deficit.
Board vice president Mickey Traweek said all districts across the state will be considering similar options.
Vidrine said interim superintendent Derenda Flowers has already received suggestions of cuts from the district's principals and is working with staff to create a budget. Flowers is also the district's chief financial officer.