It’s been a hard year for school districts throughout the nation and especially in southeast Idaho.
Well, things aren’t looking up for one local school district as they try to figure out what to do next.
This doesn’t come as a surprise since school districts have seen reductions in state funding for the last few years.
Now, Idaho Falls School District 91 is calling on parents, patrons and staff for input as the district faces $3.5 Million to $4 Million in cuts for the upcoming school year.
“At this point, after several years of reductions, any cuts that we make are going to have some kind of an impact of the programs and services in the district, so these are going to be very very difficult decisions, and ultimately the board of trustees has to make the final decisions about what those cuts area going to look like” said Margaret Wimborne of School District 91’s Administration Office.
For the last few weeks, district administrators have been working closely with principals to figure out how the district can spend the money it receives in ways that will support the district’s goals, which includes increasing student achievement.
“This year we’re using a very different process than we have used in the past, we’ve put together 4 budget workshops and we’ve scheduled them on different days, different times to try and accommodate everyone’s busy schedules” continued Wimborne.
The format of the workshops will allow people to work together in small groups and come up with a consensus about the cuts.
About $2 Million of the cuts will be decided at these meetings, the remaining $1.6 Million will primarily affect the district office and the maintenance and operations departments.
“We’ll collect the input from the four different workshops that we’re holding and we’ll present a list of final budget recommendations to the board on May 14th and then the board will adopt the budget in June” said Wimborne.
The first of the four budget meetings is being held tonight at Skyline High School, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The other meetings will be held on:
Saturday, April 27th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Taylorview Middle School.
Monday, April 29th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Public Library.
Tuesday, April 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Compass Academy.