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State budget cuts to cost De Soto USD 232 almost $2 million

De Soto USD 232 is facing $2 million in lost general fund state aid from the cuts and adjustments Gov. Mark Parkinson announced Monday.

De Soto USD 232 is facing $2 million in lost general fund state aid from the cuts and adjustments Gov. Mark Parkinson announced Monday.

November 24, 2009

De Soto USD 232 officials announced Tuesday the latest round of state budget cuts will cost De Soto USD 232's general fund nearly $2 million. In response to continued revenue shortfalls in a slumping economy, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson announced Monday budget adjustments of $260 million. The cuts included a direct $36 million cut to K-12 education and a decision not to fund another $155.8 million in increased school spending prompted by higher than expected enrollment and growing demand for free lunches. The governor said the cuts raised the possibility of larger class sizes, teacher layoffs and closed schools. USD 232 will lose $1.92 million in general fund state aid, reducing base state aid per pupil from $4,218 to $4,012. USD 232 administrators are preparing information to share with the Board of Education at its Dec. 14 meeting. The update will include options on how to operate the district with the reduced funding. In a statement released after the governor’s announcement, De Soto Superintendent Ron Wimmer said the district would “strive to maintain quality services for students as highest priority. We will do all we can to provide the best education for the 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 district doesn’t yet know the amount of state money it will lose. That information will be shared with the public when it is available from the Kansas Department of Education, Wimmer said.

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