Feb 8, 2010 8:01 PM by Andy Koen

Budget cuts could lead to dirty schools

Your child's school is likely going to lose a substantial amount of money next year. Lawmakers are proposing hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to K-12 education due to the state budget deficit. 

At school District 11 in Colorado Springs that loss will mean layoffs and cuts to nearly every department.

Next year in D-11 there could be fewer buses, bigger classes and possibly dirtier schools.

Glenn Gustafson, CFO for the district says, "We're at a point where we've got to make some really difficult decisions."

Layoffs are a given. Gustafson says, "At least 48 and my guess is before we're all said and done it would be closer to 100."

Another proposal calls for school janitors to be outsourced; potentially cutting more than 100 jobs.

Gustafson says, "The problem is we're getting close to making decisions about this or teachers, and when you get to those levels of decisions it gets really, really challenging."

District 11 is anticipating a $16 million loss in state funding next year. Lawmakers plan to cut money to schools, despite laws on the books to protect education funding.

Should the cuts pass, every school in the state will be affected.

District 11 plans to wrap up its budget decision in about a month. There will be another board meeting to discuss the topic Wednesday. A final vote on the cuts is expected in March.



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