Archive for Monday, November 23, 2009

USD 232 reacts to recent budget cuts

November 23, 2009

The Shawnee Mission and De Soto school districts face another round of budget cuts after Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson cut $191.8 million from K-12 education.

Parkinson announced a fifth set of budget cuts to the state Monday afternoon. The state faced a nearly $260 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.

It is unclear how the cuts will affect the Shawnee Mission and De Soto school district at this time.

However, De Soto's USD 232 issued a news release announcing Parkinson's cut and the district's sentiments.

Superintendent Ron Wimmer said in the release that the district was waiting on word from the Kansas Department of Education as to the precise decrease in funding to the district.

"As we work through this new financial reality, we will strive to maintain quality services for students as the highest priority. We will do all we can to provide the best education possible for children. This is becoming more and more difficult with each reduction and at some point we will have to make changes in the services we provide or find additional revenues to operate our schools," the release stated.

The district's board of education will discuss a plan of action to accommodate the cuts at the Dec. 14.

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