Gov. Parkinson’s cuts cost USD 232 $500,000
Another round of state budget cuts is being felt in the De Soto school district.
De Soto USD 232 will see a $500,000 reduction after the latest round of cuts.
On Thursday, Gov. Mark Parkinson announced an additional $39 million cut in state aid to K-12 education. The amount is equal to 2 percent of the state’s public education budget.
Overall Parkinson ordered state budget cuts, made necessary because of lower-than-expected revenue, amounting to $90 million.
The De Soto District faces a total reduction of nearly $1.6 million reduction for the 2009-2010 school year.
In May, the Kansas Legislature slashed about $130 million from the state budget for public schools. Lawmakers cut the base state aid to districts by $33 in the current fiscal year, then trimmed another $153 per pupil from the 2010 budget.
The cuts were made to help bridge a $328 million deficit in the $13 billion state budget.
But one piece of legislation — Senate Bill 84 — helped ease those cuts by allowing districts to calculate local option budget funds using a base state aid per pupil of $4,433 — the amount originally authorized for the current school year.
Ken Larsen, USD 232 finance director, said the total projected budget for the De Soto district after Thursday’s announcement totaled $49.1 million, $2 million less than the district originally thought it would have for 2009-2010. As late as May the district’s projected budget totaled $49.8 million.
USD 232 also received a cut of $190,000 for an overpayment for special education services.
In May, the USD 232 Board of Education approved $1.07 million in budget reductions, including reductions to the athletics department, administrative and support services and staff travel. A Budget Review Stakeholders Committee, comprised of students, teachers, staff, administrators, community members and business owners, compiled a list of acceptable reductions totaling $4.6 million. The district was instructed to use the remaining list if needed in the future.
On Monday, Larsen said the district has some cushion for the most recent reductions, but the list may be looked at in the coming months, should the state slash funding again.