Wichita school board to swear in winners, discuss budget

Sheril Logan, a former teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in Wichita schools, will be sworn in as the district's newest school board member today.

Logan, along with re-elected board members Barbara Fuller and Jeff Davis, will take the oath of office at the start of tonight's board meeting.

Logan's four-year term does not start until July 1, however. Her first board meeting will be July 11.

Logan will replace Kevass Harding, who decided not to seek re-election. She captured the at-large seat in the April general election over opponents Phil Neff and Carly Miller.

Davis, a Wichita police sergeant, won a second term on the board representing District 4, which covers south and southwest Wichita.

Fuller, a retired teacher, was unopposed in District 3, which includes south and southeast Wichita.

Board members are expected to get a look tonight at superintendent John Allison's revised budget for the coming school year.

Allison's initial proposal included a little more than $30 million in cuts, the projected shortfall in state and federal funding for next school year. Earlier this month, he told board members the district will get about $2.6 million he hadn't anticipated, including increased reimbursements for Medicaid and special-education services.

Allison's initial plan called for cutting 278 full-time positions, including 223 teachers; replacing high school librarians with library clerks; and eliminating funding for several popular programs, including elementary orchestra, National Academic League, Parents as Teachers and C-team and sophomore sports.

He also reduced the number of schools that receive Title I funding, decreased the amount of Title I funding schools receive, suggested one furlough day for non-teacher employees and put many bond projects on hold.

The board is not expected to approve its final budget until August.