Oklahoma School Budgets Cut By 3%

Oklahoma School Budgets Cut By 3%
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School budgets in the Sooner State are cut across the board by 3%.

Miami Schools Interim Superintendent says “This is 46 years for me in education. There’s no doubt this is by far the worst economic situation I’ve seen for education in my career. These cuts are going to go deep.”

For the Miami School District that means about $125-135,000 loss for the rest of the school year

“We’ll have to reduce expenditures. We may not be able to buy all the textbooks we want, may not be able to do all the professional development we want, may not be able to buy the materials we want for the teachers. We may very well see class size increase next year.”

“We’re running about 20 to 25 kids so increasing that by a few, probably closer to the 25 and up,” says Miami Schools Federal Programs & Special Education Director Melissa McCullough.

School officials say the cuts will hit hard this year, but they’re more worried about the future cuts expected coming down the pipeline.

McCullough says “We’ve been cut for several years and it’s you know, how much more can we take.”

Interim Superintendent Terry James says no teachers will be given pink slips, but administrators will consider whether or not to fill vacant positions once teachers retire.

“As a general rule 85 cents of every dollar goes for personnel. So the only way a school can save substantial money is in positions. Certainly in Miami no one will lose their position.”

School officials say they were expecting the cuts in wake of the revenue failure affecting all of the Oklahoma state government. But Interim Superintendent James say it’s too early to tell how big of an overall impact the cuts will make on education since the state board just met to approve the cuts yesterday.