Wichita Schools Making Cuts Based On Value Of Services

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Wichita Public Schools is anticipating cutting at least $25 million from its 2010-2011 budget.

As part of the budget process, the district asked school site councils, school and district leadership, and high school students to provide input on district services and programs that they value. School site councils were provided a list of key services and programs and asked to select what they valued the most. A similar exercise was performed with school leadership teams, non-attendance center leadership teams and with high school student leadership teams. School and non-attendance center leadership teams also value-ranked the services non-attendance centers provide to the district.

The purpose of the exercise was to gather input and will not serve as a cut list, or a vote on which programs to save or cut. The feedback is a resource that will help shape decisions as the Board of Education develops the 2010-2011 budget.

At the high school level, the items valued most included class size, alternative education, athletics, technology, music and the college career centers.

At the middle school level, the items valued most include class size, assistant principals, P.E., athletics, music and counselors.

At the elementary school level, the items valued most include class size, all-day kindergarten, P.E., music, nurses and custodians.

The full summary report is posted on the Wichita Public Schools’ website, www.usd259.com.

“What we heard throughout this process was that it’s not an easy task to rank all the programs and services we offer in the district. Participants said all of them are important for providing a quality education for our students,” said Superintendent John Allison.

Community feedback received during Board’s Night Out on March 1 is available on a separate report available on the Wichita Public Schools’ website, www.usd259.com/news/headlines/BOEnightout, and will also be taken into consideration during the budget making process.

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