Wichita School Board Approves Budget

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Monday, August 8, 2011

The Wichita Board of Education adopted its 2011-2012 budget Monday evening with a 6-0 vote. The $606 million budget includes almost $28 million in cuts that were announced earlier this year.

The new budget is $26 million less than the previous year.

Board of Education President, Betty Arnold, says this year's cuts will be felt by everyone. "I think they will all be felt in the classroom, even the services that are indirect to the classroom setting."

The cuts include the following:

-235 positions, including about 150 teachers
-Reduction of night custodial services at most schools
-Elimination of elementary strings program
-Blackbear Bosin Academy will relocate to Jardine, making it a school within a school
-High school librarians will be replaced with library clerks
-Reduction in technology spending
-11 of 55 schools will lose their Title 1 status, due to cuts in Title 1 funding

Arnold says they're all important areas she hates to see receive cuts.

"I don't think there is any area that is less important. We're going to feel it all around. I'm so pleased that our superintendent has the motive that dollars don't define us, and that we have the dedicated staff in 259 that will continue to work from their heart to help us meet our goals," said Arnold.

These cuts are in addition to the $70 million in cuts the district has made in the past 2 years. Superintendent John Allison says next year's cuts could be even more detrimental to the district.

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