As Warren County Schools awaits word on federal and state allotments for 2019-20, it faces a potential budget shortfall of $343,856 for the upcoming fiscal year.

The board of education, during a special meeting on Friday, adopted a continuation budget that would allow the school system to continue operations at current levels until the federal and state figures are finalized.

During his final board meeting as superintendent of schools, Dr. Ray Spain noted that the total amount of fund balance, or cash reserves, available after the 2018-19 fiscal year would not be known until the books for the current fiscal year were closed out that night.

He remained cautiously optimistic about potential allocations, but indicated that, ultimately, cuts to the budget may be needed, including the potential for a reduction in personnel.