WICHITA — School board members will get their first detailed look at next year's budget tonight during a committee of the whole meeting, where the board studies issues but does not take action.
The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the North High lecture hall, 1437 Rochester.
Last month, Superintendent John Allison presented a tentative budget plan that includes $27.7 million in cuts for the coming school year, including more than 200 full-time positions.
Allison's plan also called for replacing high school librarians with library clerks and eliminating funding for several popular programs, including elementary orchestra, National Academic League and Parents as Teachers. He also reduced the number of schools that receive Title 1 funding, decreased the amount of Title 1 funding schools receive and put many bond projects on hold.
Board members voted 6-1 last month to approve Allison's recommendations.
Board member Barb Fuller voted against Allison's plan, saying she was "disappointed" that C-team and sophomore sports programs were restored but not librarians.
The board will discuss the budget in more detail tonight and is expected to approve it Aug. 8.