Business manager Jonah Adams speaks with the School Board Monday evening.
Business manager Jonah Adams speaks with the School Board Monday evening.

   Gone is the half-million-dollar deficit the Ripon Area School District was facing for the 2019-2020 school year.

   In its place? A balanced budget, according to Business Manager Jonah Adams at the Ripon School Board meeting Monday night.

   He explained to the board that the district was able to cut costs by switching health insurance providers and reducing budgets, specially ones that had savings this year.

   “The biggest thing that we had was the change in health insurance,” Adams said. “We had previously projected $60,000 in new costs.”

   He explained the district projected a 3% increase for health insurance; its original provider then offered only a 2% increase, which still would have been around $40,000 in additional costs to the budget.

   However, a different insurance company, WEA Trust, offered a health insurance proposal to the district that provided a 6.3% decrease in health insurance costs.

Read the full story in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.