OKLAHOMA CITY – Summer is starting two days early for Oklahoma City Public Schools due to the state’s budget crisis, the Board of Education voted Wednesday.
Schools across the state are trying to manage as their budgets were slashed recently due to the state’s $1.3 billion budget shortfall.
Public schools alone will have nearly $110 million cut from their budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
For many districts, that means that open positions will not be filled, some teachers will be let go and class sizes will grow.
In March, the district announced it would be cutting 208 teaching positions to save money.
Then, a couple of weeks later, the district decided to lay off about 18 percent of its administrative staff.
Last week, district leaders announced $10 million in cuts which focused on delaying purchasing new textbooks, cutting school supply budgets, cutting funding for student testing, reducing contracts with outside vendors and delaying purchases of athletic equipment.
The cuts bring the district to $23 million in reductions.
However, the district was told to prepare for $30 million in cuts, meaning another $7 million in cuts must still be made.
On Monday, Associate Superintendent of OKCPS Aurora Lora laid down her proposal for how to deal with the additional $7 million in budget cuts.
The five-part plan included ending the current school year two days early.
I am also recommending the district end the school calendar early by 2-days. This will provide some savings, and allow for additional professional development for staff.
Officials said board members voted on the proposal during a special meeting on Wednesday.
The board voted and approved the proposal.
The last day of school is now May 25th.