Wichita School Board Meets About Proposed Cuts

By: KAKE News
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Members of the Wichita School Board are attacking a tough task, cutting $11 million from the district's budget.

Board members met for a short meeting, then a workshop to review a list of proposed cuts, including healthcare benefits and teaching positions.

It has been suggested administrators should take the hit. Amidst a windstorm of deep cuts, cutting administrators might not save as much money as you'd expect.

It's a gloomy day when you're talking about taking $11 million from school children and their teachers.

It's a cloudy forecast for school board members trying to decide where to cut.

Amidst the rain stands a nine story building that house 182 fulltime and part-time administrators. Together, they make $7.4 million, including 21 people who make more than $70,000 each.

That $7.4 million dollars may sound like a lot, but when you compare it to the entire $216 million general fund budget, it's just a few drops.

The school board took no action tonight. They plan to address the budget at each of their regular board meetings. They're working towards a July deadline, since the budget will be published in the newspaper on July 31.

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