Spokane School Board discusses budget cuts - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane School Board discusses budget cuts

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public Schools is already preparing for layoffs, but even with cutting staff and increasing classroom sizes, it still needs to figure out how to cut another six million from its budget.

Wednesday night the Spokane Public Schools board of directors unveiled two lists of where it could make cuts.

The first list called was proposed solutions and included making reductions to administrative, clerical, maintenance and technology staff.

The list also included reducing catering costs, district paid cell phones and suspend mentor teacher programs.

The board also made a second list of alternative reduction options, in case an item from the first list could not be eliminated.

The second list included making cuts to extra curricular and intramural programs, eliminating principal assistants and reducing the number of counselors, librarians.

These are all choices the school district made clear it does not want to make but is forced to make due to state budget problems.

There was no decision made at Wednesday's school board meeting because board members want to hear what the public thinks of the proposed cuts.

The school board will hold two budget forums. The first will be held at Chase Middle School on May 12 and the second will be held at Glover Middle Schools on May 14. Both meetings will be at 7:00 p.m.

Cindi DeHoog
KHQ Local News Reporter

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