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USD 305 Prepares For Possible $2.8 Million Cut

KSAL Staff - June 11, 2015 12:02 pm

The Kansas House’s rejection Thursday morning of a bill increasing sales and cigarette taxes to erase a projected budget deficit, and to avert deep spending cuts, has some in Kansas now preparing for the worst. Salina USD 305 Schools are preparing for a potential $2.8 million budget cut.

According to the district, a $2.8 million cut at USD 305 will result if six percent state budget cuts are triggered. This is a certainty if the legislature can’t agree on how to balance the state budget.

In response to this threat, USD 305 has now frozen all hiring activities.

The $2.8 million cut would be game-changing and result in additional, district-level cuts that will need to be made quickly and continuously. The district will continue its effort to spare student programs and staff, but if the $2.8 million cut occurs, USD 305 will immediately reexamine next year’s budget.

The district concluded “like all other districts in Kansas, it is certain that effects of this cut will impact educational opportunities for students.”

The Kansas Constitution prohibits the state from running a deficit. Brownback’s budget director warned lawmakers this week failing to pass a tax bill would lead to across-the-board spending cuts.

Fred Hanson

June 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

WHY WILL THIS CUT IMPACT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS? Just maybe the superintendent or school board members need to comment on this. Looks to me that student staff and programs would remain the same. But large cuts in non essential staff can be made. Just look up all the positions that are being paid for by the school system. Let me go in and do the cuts I probably can save them double of what they would lose.

Barb Shirley

June 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Yes “Fred” please go in and do their job. While your at it run for both city and county offices, so you can change that to. Then get a life and use your real name instead of trolling sites with your nonsense.

Frank Zsamba

June 11, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Hey Fred you going to take that from Barb Shirley who made a laughing stock out of Salina then quit as mayor. Probably Fred would do 1000 times better then you did if he served on either the city or county office. Talk about trolling exactly what you are doing as you do not speak of the article like he does.

Fred Hanson

June 12, 2015 at 7:38 am

Frank evidently she believes she can put people down. If she were smart she would just comment on the story and not attack people. People in glass houses should not toss stones.

Joe Thompson

June 12, 2015 at 11:28 am

This is interesting! The district is spending millions of dollars in upgrades and additions to the school buildings. Now they are talking about potential impacts to the students if there is a budget cut. HMMMM maybe these projects should be put on hold until they know what the final budget is going to be so the students don’t have to face education and program cuts. Better yet maybe something like this shouldn’t have been planned with a governor who has a track record for not making the best decisions.

Jeff Fellows

June 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

Barb Shirley I thought we were rid of her once and for all. To call someone out with her reputation is unthinkable. I have to agree with Fred that our school system is over burden with positions that do not do anything for most of the students. Plus the unclassified positions and depth of those positions is unbelievable. For instance instead of using local plumbers the district has their own staff of plumbers why? The same with most of the other trades. But when they want money its the local trades people and others in the community whose pockets are emptied. Its time we elected people to the school board who will trim back these positions and get rid of all the assistants and their assistants and keep the main person. Myself I rather see them have one person on staff who uses local people when big issues arise. This is just one area their are numerous other area’s that need to be cut.

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