Group to discuss budget for Wichita schools

WICHITA — A committee of about 60 people — including staff members from the Wichita school district, parents and business representatives — will meet tonight to hear preliminary budget projections and set a course for gathering input from the public to help set budget priorities.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the School Service Center training room, 3850 N. Hydraulic. It is open to the public.

Wichita, the state's largest school district with roughly 50,000 students, cut about $14 million from its budget last year. Those reductions followed $34 million in cuts that the district made in 2009.

At tonight's meeting, the committee will get "a first look at what the budget reality looks like and what our plans are for moving forward," Wichita superintendent John Allison said.