August 16, 2010
Thousands of Wichita students headed back to school Monday. This, just one week after the USD 259 Board of Education approved a budget with $14 million worth of cuts. But despite months of talks over those cuts, the Superintendent still spoke of a feeling of optimism for the new school year.
"[I'm] Looking forward to all of it. It's always a challenge, but this is the fun part, getting out, seeing the students. They all came in today with their backpacks and everybody is ready to go," said Wichita Public Schools Superintendent John Allison.
Allison is touring schools across the district this week, checking class sizes and evaluating the impact of budget cuts.
"We tried to make those cuts as far away from the classroom [as possible]. But I think that's going to be a concern for all schools across the state, both this year and next," said Allison.
But administrators say they're making the very most of what they have, hoping to raise student achievement this year.
"Our students and teachers are hitting the ground running. They're hard at work and we started school less than an hour ago," said Allison, Monday morning.