“Phase three” of proposed budget cuts for Wichita public schools will include the reduction of 186 full-time positions. U-S-D 259 is trying to trim 30 million dollars from next year’s budget to make up for loss of revenue from the state and federal governments.
Those position losses include 35 high school teachers, 59 middle school teachers, 74 elementary teachers, and 15 custodians. Proposed reductions include night custodial services across the district, eliminating sophomore team sports, and replacing high school librarians with library clerks.
Attrition should take care of most of those teaching positions. It means Wichita teachers will be asked to do more with less. That’s a challenge that many have seen in the private sector for years. While it may help the old “bottom line”, there is a chance the quality of the product will suffer.
I don’t think public school teachers are afraid of hard work. They’ll suck it up and do whatever it takes to perform at their best. Like the rest of us in the work force, they have few if any alternatives.
Our thought for today is from Robert Frost:
“The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.”