The target is 30 million dollars in spending cuts for next year’s budget. The Wichita Board of Education is still about 16 million dollars from its goal, with final budget approval set for August 8th. The spending cuts are necessary because less money will be coming to the district from the state and federal governments.
So far, the recommendations have stayed away from the classroom … but that may change.
Several hundred citizens attended a “Board Night Out” at Southeast High School … voicing their opinions on what should or should not be cut. Board president Connie Dietz told me she heard no new ideas, and that most folks have little or no knowledge about the budgeting process at U-S-D 259.
The next phase of suggested cuts will come at the “building and program” level. Each principal will have to present suggestions, to be considered by the board. Dietz tells me “this community is just beginning to understand” that these cuts will be “very painful”.
Our thought for today is from Derek Bok:
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”