Seaman USD 345 Supt. outlines potential budget cuts

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The superintendent of the Seaman School District says the district can avoid budget cuts this year, but after that just about everything is on the table for the next two years.

Speaking Wednesday night at the annual Seaman Education Advantage Foundation dinner, Superintendent Mike Mathes outlined the district’s financial position in the wake of cut by the state in funding this year and threatened cuts for next year.

Mathis told those attending the dinner that USD 345 has enough reserves to offset this year’s cuts but warned that if the legislature doesn’t change the statewide funding formula to offset anticipated budget cuts next year programs and services will be impacted.

He presented a laundry list of 23 different options the district is considering which ranges from eliminating summer school to raising the district’s mill levy.

Among the other options being considered: Elimination the “Seven Day Period” at Seaman High school for block scheduling; charging for full-day kindergarten and school bus transportation; Eliminating out-of-district enrollment; cutting paras and coaches; eliminating middle school athletics; shortening the length of both the school day and school year; increasing class sizes and delaying needed maintenance work.

In an effort to reduce this year’s state budget shortfall the governor has already authorized reducing supplemental payments to school districts and looking ahead to next year the governor is asking for additional cuts in the K-12 per pupil allocation given to districts.

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