April 8. 2010
School Resource Officers and overtime are among the budget cuts proposed for Wichita Schools. The district released a list of proposed Phase 2 cuts this afternoon.
Phase 2 Proposed Budget Reductions;
1)Reduce overtime by 50% $1,550,0002)
Reduce district-supported field trip transportation (elementary level)$100,0003)
5-year technology replacement plan extended to 6 years$500,0004)
Reduce meeting/conference/workshop expenses$365,9685)
Reduce mileage reimbursement rate from $.505 to $.25$300,0006) Delay purchase of student textbook adoptions$1,000,0007)
Suspend new appointments to the Grow Your Own Teacher program$50,0008)
District-wide winter shut down Dec. 23, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011$120,0009)/ Support people who normally work over winter recess would take vacation days or unpaid leave.
Elimination of remaining 4 middle school School Resource Officers (SROs)$232,710
TOTAL PHASE 2 REDUCTIONS $4,218,678
"None of this is easy," Superintendent Allison said. "These cuts all have an impact on employees, on schools and parents. But the proposed Phase 2 reductions don't have any ties to reduction in staff."
Allison will discuss the proposed cuts at the April 12 school board meeting.
For more on the impact of the proposed cuts, click on related links.