School Cuts

By: Michelle Rosel
By: Michelle Rosel

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Kansas schools have already suffered financial losses of $27 per student. That's money the state took away last August.

But what will happen if the state cuts another $200 per student?

That's what educators expect the state may cut from the budget before your child leaves for Christmas break.

As KAKE News first told you last night, the Wichita School District has already cut $2.1 million from it's budget.

Now it may be forced to cut $6 million to $12 million more. If so, USD 259 may be forced to use up all it's reserve funds, freeze purchasing and even lay off teachers.

If that sounds bad, imagine what smaller school districts with few resources have to consider.

Roger Robinson is Udall's Superintendent of Schools. Most of his five years there have been spent looking for ways the district can save money.

Robinson says, "We've already cut out field trips, wages for bus drivers." Even he has taken on a few more roles, as the girls' basketball coach, and elementary school principal.

But now, Robinson is faced with the ultimate challenge: making up the difference if the state cuts up to $200 more from all 325 Udall students.

Robinson says, 'Right now, we're at bare bones. I can't cut a teacher out, we're down to two teachers in class for each grade level."

All 50 teachers and staff are under contract through the rest of the school year, with their salaries making up most of Udall's $2.3 million budget.

Robinson says it's hard to imagine how many more cuts this school can take.

Robinson says, "We're looking ahead. I don't know where we would go what we would eliminate, we're already there."

Whatever the cuts the state decides to make, school workers in Udall just hope they'll find out sooner rather than later, so somehow they can try to plan for the future.

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