School districts in Marion County and across the state are watching intently as legislators in Topeka attempt to balance the state budget. Boards and administrators know they will be required to make significant cuts in their own budgets once they find out how much less funding they will receive from the state for 2009-10.
At USD 410, the number is expected to fall in the ballpark of $500,000—that’s a Yankee Stadium-sized ballpark number for a relatively small district. It’s a difficult challenge to find cuts that don’t weaken the educational process. But it’s also important to live within our means, and while the constitutional requirement to balance the state budget is causing pain now, in the longer run it is pain that will keep us fiscally viable. —DR