WICHITA _ No more Wichita teachers are expected to be laid off after the Legislature passed a budget and a 1-percent sales tax increase to fund it, superintendent John Allison said Tuesday.
"It would appear the cuts we made up to this point should suffice," he said of the proposal that keeps K-12 education at current funding levels.
The progress of the state budget keeps the district from making "incredibly painful" cuts to staff and school buildings, Allison said.
He said he expects the district to go through with $14 million in budget reductions for the next school year, including cutting 117 positions. Allison announced those cuts last month.
The reductions, which include closing Metro-Midtown Alternative High School and eliminating the driver's education program, will still happen because the district expects $5 million to $7 million in increased costs for utilities and other operations, he said.
And Allison said he's still uncertain of increases in health care costs — and how the budget will look for the 2011-2012 school year when federal stimulus money runs out.