$13 Million More To Be Cut From USD 259 Budget

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Monday, March 28, 2011

More than five dozen jobs are on the line, as Wichita Public School leaders continue their painful budget battle, looking to trim $30 million.

Phase two cuts for the 2011-2012 school year could save USD 259 $13 million.

At Monday night's board of education meeting, Superintendent John Allison recommended cuts include the following.

-Between 65 and 70 staff positions from across the board would be eliminated.
-$7.6 million in one-time-money would be used to minimize the impact on schools and programs that benefit students.
-$3.6 million would be used from restricted funding in the district's Title 1 budget.

"That's going to leave us about $16 million. That's going to have to come from other areas of the district budget. That means phase 3 will be heavily based on building-based and programatic cuts," said Allison.

Board President Connie Dietz, said those cuts will be felt by everyone.

"When we start having to cut at the building level, obviously, it's going to have a tremendous impact on class size, which means their child may not get as much individualized attention as they have been getting. They may notice things like a floor doesn't get swept as often, or a window doesn't get repaired within a couple hours," said Dietz.

Even though it is tough, Allison said cuts have to be made now.

"The bottom line, is, every area is going to feel the impact. What we've got to try to do, is first and foremost, balance what we have to do instructionally. That is our core mission," said Allison.

More details will be announced on the phase two cuts at the April 11 meeting.

The budget will be adopted August 8.

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