Midway ISD releases proposed budget

POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 5:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Budget cuts across schools have Midway ISD preparing. They released their budget proposal anticipating $4 million in cuts.

The new budget would cut out $2 million while taking another $2 million from their reserve fund.

The biggest part of the budget would mean the school couldn't purchase more school buses, resulting in secondary schools starting at a different time than elementary schools.

Teachers of the 6th through 12th grade would also add an extra class to their schedules, teaching 7 periods a day instead of 6.

Also, some positions lost through attrition wouldn't be filled, and some teachers would be moved around, but Superintendent Dr. Brad Lancaster says that doesn't mean lay offs.

"Everything in our phase one, whether it's a district level expense or a campus level expense, impacts things that are not directly related to classrooms. That's good news. We don't want to cut teachers. We don't want to cut positions if we don't have to," said Dr. Lancaster.

Dr. Lancaster says they would only have to cut staff if they stand to lose a higher percentage of money.

they do have a phase two proposal that looks at cutting more expenses. If that plan is used, newer teachers might be on the line as well as support staff. However, they won't know what to expect until lawmakers make the decision in May or June.

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