Anonymous donor saves elementary track, music festival for district amid budget cuts

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MIDWEST CITY – A metro school district stunned parents after announcing exactly what programs would be cut due to the current budget crisis.

Dr. Rick Cobb, from the Mid-Del Public School District, released his plan on Tuesday to deal with the budget cuts.

So far, Cobb says the district has lost close to $3.5 million in state funding, adding that it could get worse before the problem is solved.

As a result, the spending was cut or eliminated for the Gymboree program, the Elementary Music Festival, elementary track and STEM gifted summer camp.

” We still haven’t restored all of the positions and programs cut in the last state budget crisis six years ago. Every time this happens- every time the state makes us work with less and less funding- it gets harder and harder to make cuts in the district without impacting children. These cuts will be felt by all. Classes will be bigger and we will not have as many of the things that really make a child’s eyes sparkle,” Cobb wrote in a letter to parents.

Cobb said the district could be dealing with a $10 million shortfall next year, leading to possible cuts in building repairs, bus routes, elementary athletics and sixth grade athletics.

“Those are valuable programs to our students and parents, and we don’t want to cut them, but we have to find the money somewhere. Because, we can’t keep taking people out of the classroom,” Cobb told NewsChannel 4 on Wednesday.

One day later, Cobb says the district received great news.

A member of the community decided to make an anonymous donation to restore elementary track, the Elementary Music Festival and Gymboree.

“We’re fortunate to live in a community where the parents, the business leaders all support us as much as we do,” said Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb.

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