WICHITA — The Wichita school board has voted to eliminate more than 100 district positions, close a high school and stop bus transportation for thousands of students.
The Wichita Eagle reports that these and other cuts will trim about $18 million from the district’s budget.
Six board members voted unanimously to approve superintendent John Allison’s first three phases of budget cuts for the upcoming school year. Board member Sheril Logan was absent.
Allison says the district will need to trim an additional $5 million to make up for projected cost increases.
Wichita schools have projected nearly $23 million in cost increases next year, with revenue under the state’s block grant funding system expected to be flat.
Under the cuts, Metro-Meridian Alternative High School will close and 65 teacher positions will be eliminated.