Wichita school superintendent John Allison has outlined his recommendations for restoring 2.6 million dollars to the U-S-D 259 budget … dealing with 30 million dollars in less revenue from the state and federal governments. State reimbursement for Medicaid and special education returned the 2.6 million, which had previously been cut from the local budget.
Allison proposes returning 44 full-time positions … including four custodial positions … and restoring C-team and sophomore sports. Several band and music-teaching positions would be restored.
The U-S-D 259 budget for 2011/2012 now includes cuts of 27.7 million dollars.
School administrators have worked hard to bring the budget into balance with the least pain to the fewest people possible, including faculty, staff, and students. Kansas education at all levels is under the gun, as lawmakers juggle lower revenue at the state level. There is simply not enough money to continue business-as-usual.
On July 18th the Wichita Board of Education will receive the full proposed budget. On August 8th the board will adopt the budget.
Our thought for today is from Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”