Wichita School Board Making More Cuts

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, March 7, 2011

The total anticipated savings for phase one, $887,000. The total includes last week's $450,000 cut from bell time alignment. The recommendations included eliminating three leases at non-USD 259 buildings and one furlough day.

"When you cut 30 plus million in the last two years, we've got another 30 million to go, it's going to impact staff so that's going to be the other component that will be forthcoming," said Allison.

All district employees except teachers and para-professionals will have one furlough day next year. This came with anticipated savings of $300,000.

"We're chipping away at. We've got a long way to go," said Connie Drietz, Board of Education President. "No cuts are easy but these are probably the less hurtful cuts. The really hurtful cuts are yet to come."

Another topic at the meeting, addressing the bond issue "Pause and Study." The school district is going forward with 35 bond issue projects that include shelters at area schools. Around 30 other projects were paused.

"We've seen $50 million change in our operating costs since the time the plan was put in place. Logically you'd say we're not going to be able to staff them as we'd originally planned," said Allison.

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