More Parkway Budget Cuts Coming, District Seeks Public Input
As the Parkway School District plans to make an additional $2 to $4 million in cuts, it's inviting the public to January budget meetings to offer input.
As previously reported by Patch in February, the Parkway School Board voted to cut up to $9.63 million from the district's budget over the next two years. At the time, school officials blamed the depressed economy for lower revenue.
Earler this year, the district cut $8 million from the budget and then in June gave raises to all of its administrators and department heads, including all 70 employees making more than $100,000 a year.
According to the school district's website, more cuts are planned for the district and the public is invited to take part in the discussions.
Community members and parents can attend meetings in January to review a draft list of budget cuts. More cuts are necessary to balance future budgets and restore fund balances to the required levels, the website stated.
"Based on current projections, Parkway needs to reduce an additional 1 to 2 percent ($2 to $4 million) from the operating budget beginning with the 2013-14 school year," according to an update on Parkway's website.
The meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates.
- Jan. 14 - North High
- Jan. 24 - West High
- Jan. 28 - South High
- Jan. 31 – Central High
The site states that administrators and staff have been discussing areas where the district could possibly make cuts and a preliminary list has been presented to a district-wide budget team, which consists of teachers, administrators and support staff. The team will use guiding principles to create a list of initial recommendations to present to Superintendent Keith Marty and the school board.
A draft list of recommended cuts will presented to the public for feedback at the January meetings.
The site states that community input will then be considered, the school board will vote on the final recommendations and if they are approved, the cuts will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.