Wichita Schools: Jobs Included In Latest Round Of Proposed Cuts

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wichita Schools Superintendent John Allison released news details Thursday afternoon on the latest round of proposed cuts for the district. The cuts include more than 100 job positions and programs.

Allison will discuss the proposed cuts during the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 26.

So far, cuts have amounted to approximately $14-million, which is still short of the $25-million the district needs to trim in order to balance next year's budget.

In this latest round of proposed cuts, the district would eliminate 42.9 certified positions, 55.2 classified positions, and 19 administrative positions.

USD 259 would also stop offering driver's education and job share programs at some levels. The proposal also includes increasing student fees and moving to a four day work week during the summer, with a few exceptions.

“This has been difficult as we have informed employees that they may no longer have a job," Allison said. "It not only effects them, it effects their families and the economy. We can’t make these kinds of cuts without cutting positions or effecting programs. Each cut that we make has a direct impact on students, teachers and our schools.”

Larry Landwehr, president of the United Teachers of Wichita, tells KAKE News some of the employees facing layoffs may be eligible for other jobs within the district that have not been filled since a hiring freeze last year.

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