TOPEKA – After school tutoring, new text books, buses and summer school have all been cut by districts during the recent budget shortfalls.
The Wichita School District added about 900 students this year, but didn’t have the money to add more staff to accommodate the numbers, Superintendent John Allison told the Senate Education Committee on Thursday.
“Our ability to serve those student and to react... have definitely been impacted,” he said.
With the district’s growing student population and potentially decreasing funds from the state the per pupil base state aid will be equivalent to what it was in 1999, Allison said.
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Allison was one of five superintendents from districts of varying sizes who testified Thursday to tell lawmakers how budget cuts have impacted public education.
Previous rounds to cuts have already been absorbed by vacant positions and putting off large purchases, Augusta School District Superintendent Jim Lentz told lawmakers.
Any further cuts will mean the district will have to cut positions, he said.
"We can't cut enough other stuff to keep from getting into personnel,” Lentz said.
The other superintendents included Craig Wilford, of Derby; Tom Trigg, of Blue Valley and Jim Karleskint, of Holton.
All of the superintendents predicted that further cuts would negatively impact students in the classroom.
On Monday, the committee is going to hear presentations on education funding from Dave Trabert, Kansas Policy Institute president and Mark Tallman lobbyist for the Kansas Association of School Boards.