MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – A local school district that has already expressed concern about the state’s budget crisis has announced that staffing will be the next thing affected.
After state officials announced that Oklahoma is facing a $1.3 billion shortfall in the budget, public schools across the state prepared for budget cuts.
Public schools alone will have nearly $110 million cut from their budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
State leaders agreed to use some money from the Rainy Day Fund to prevent massive cuts to education, but school leaders say that’s only the beginning and won’t stop the cuts from affecting students.
In fact, several districts in the metro are taking drastic measures to stay on budget.
In a post by Mid-Del Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb, he said, “I’m worried about finishing this year with enough money to make payroll and pay all of our bills. I’m more concerned with next year.”
Cobb said that many popular programs are on the chopping block as district leaders try to make ends meet.
Now, officials with the Mid-Del Public School District announced that staffing will be reduced.
“Due to the State’s budget shortfall and the $1.9 million loss due to the HB 2244 Motor Vehicle Tax, Mid-Del Schools will be making difficult decisions regarding reductions for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. Mid-Del will be forced to reduce our budget by $8.6 million,” a statement from the district read.
District leaders say 114 positions will be cut, which will save about $4.2 million.
However, they say they will be looking to eliminate positions that are already going to be vacant because of retirements or resignations.
The current reduction plan is as follows:
- Secondary positions- 37
- Elementary positions – 30
- School site administration positions – 4
- Central office administration positions – 4
- Support staff positions district-wide – 39.