The Ripon Area School District’s budgets are in flux due to two factors:

   1) An anticipated increased open enrollment for next year.
   2) An unexpected savings and expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

   Business Manager Jonah Adams explained to the Ripon Area School Board during a virtual meeting Monday night that he is anticipating about 60 additional students through open enrollment next year.

   And as a result, to meet that demand, the School Board voted to move all current Odyssey staff to full-time status while also hiring an elementary teacher, a guidance counselor and pupil services director for Odyssey.

   This increase in open enrollment would give the district’s budget a boost in revenue, as shown in the preliminary budget he shared with board members.

   “Our estimate is that revenue would go up about $600,000 for next year, mostly because of new open enrollment,” Adams said. “And with all these new students, we need to make Odyssey much more robust with more full-time employees.”

Read the full story in the March 26, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.