Predicted statewide budget short fall for education
Due to a statewide decrease in property values, and an increase in student numbers, an 8.2 billion dollar budget shortfall for education, could be in store for next school year. According to the Waco ISD spokesperson, This cut could mean anywhere between 4.3 and 5.8 million dollars for the Waco ISD alone.
The superintendent for Riesel High School says that cutting back this much, would impact school employees as well as students. He says that the new budget could lead to less funding available for teachers, increasing the student per teacher ratio.
The Waco Board of Education met on Wednesday, to discuss the issues that schools could be faced with for the next school year. The Board of Trustees for the Waco ISD will begin preparing for the possible budget cuts next year, should state funding for education be headed in the same direction.