Content Tagged As budget_cuts

1 year 1 month ago

Budget cuts to hit military school districts first

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - While public schools everywhere will be affected by the government's automatic budget cuts, few will feel the funding pinch faster than those on and around military bases. School districts with military ties from coast-to-coast are bracing for increased class sizes and delayed building repairs. Others...

2 years 5 months ago

Area schools eyeing more budget cuts

It seems another, deeper round of budget cuts are on the horizon for Colorado Springs schools. On Tuesday voters across the state defeated Proposition 103, which would have raised sales and income taxes to help fund schools. District 11 CFO Glenn Gustafson says cuts in his district will be steep....

2 years 8 months ago

Budget cuts may hit weather satellites

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Weather forecasters in the United States may be forced to rely on European satellites for some of their weather information because of federal budget cuts. University of Oklahoma professor Berrien Moore says only four satellites supply data for weather forecasts, and that number could drop to...

2 years 10 months ago

Congressman pitches feds on Fort Lyon

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado congressman is pushing for the federal government to find a new purpose for a Bent County state prison due to be closed next year because of state budget cuts. Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has written a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs urging...

2 years 11 months ago

Group pushes for tax initiative for parks

Would you vote for a tax increase if the money was dedicated specifically to parks? That's the question that a group calling themselves Great Parks Great Communities wants to put before voters this fall. They announced plans Tuesday to ask El Paso County Commissioners to put a measure on...

2 years 11 months ago

Parks group to seek ballot initiative

A group calling themselves Great Parks - Great Communities plans to ask the El Paso County Commissioners to approve a ballot initiative seeking a 0.015 percent sales tax increase to fund operations and basic maintenance of parks, trails and open spaces in the county. The Sustainable Parks Initiative is...

3 years 3 weeks ago

Harrison braces for $6 million in cuts

Administrators at Harrison School District 2 are expecting a $6 million cut in state funding for the upcoming school year. That amounts to about 7 percent of their annual budget. Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Kevin Smelker says that district will save roughly a million dollars from the closure...

3 years 1 month ago

District 11 could cut 81 teaching jobs

Over the next few months the District 11 Board of Education will begin making decisions on where to cut an estimated $12.5 million dollars from next year's budget. District Chief Financial Officer Glenn Gustafson says a large portion of that cut could come from the classroom. "By and large...

3 years 1 month ago

D11 looks to cut $12.5 million

Colorado Springs School District 11 is bracing for an estimated $12.5 million in budget cuts for the upcoming school year. That dollar amount is based on combination of revenue shortfall from the state ($11.2 million) and increases in operating costs ($1.3 million). Board members were given a packet containing...

3 years 2 months ago

D-2 closes school

Harrison School District 2 will shut the doors to 54-year-old Chamberlin Academy this fall in an attempt to save money. Due to declining enrollment, the district had to make changes. One of which was to move to a year-round academic year; however, that change did not boost enrollment numbers as...

3 years 6 months ago

Are budget cuts making bad drivers?

Christopher Smith was in an auto-accident last week, and is surprised how Colorado Springs Police responded. "They did not do an accident report and left the scene," says Smith, who has estimates showing that accident did nearly $550 in damage. Then, just four days later, Smith was in...

3 years 6 months ago

Colorado: $189 million in new cuts

Gov. Bill Ritter may have to slash another $189 million from Colorado's budget because of a sluggish economic recovery and lower-than-expected revenues. In June, Ritter was forced to cut $60 million from this year's $18.2 billion budget, using money from marijuana registrations, cutting funding for the Department of Corrections...

3 years 5 months ago

Colorado Springs Rec Center open again

This year's city budget cuts had Colorado Springs swimmers nervous with the closing of local pools. However, those swimmers get a little more relief this weekend. The Colorado Springs Recreation Center, off of South Union Blvd., is open again. It was the Colorado Springs Swim School that stepped in...

3 years 8 months ago

University of Colorado raises $140 million

The University of Colorado received $140.8 million in private support over the past fiscal year, capping the school's strongest-ever four years for such donations. The private contributions for the fiscal year that ended June 30 represent a 4.7 percent increase from the 2008-09 school year. The funds include...

3 years 10 months ago

Bill on college tuition hikes signed

Many college students in Colorado will be priced right out of school, as the state allows colleges and university to raise tuition as much as they want. That's the fear of opponents of a new law signed by Gov. Bill Ritter Wednesday. The state legislature passed the bill, pressed...

4 years 1 week ago

University of Colorado to consider more cuts

University of Colorado officials are planning $22 million more in reductions and other budget-balancing measures expected to eliminate a total of 339 positions across the four-campus system. The proposed measures will be discussed at the April 22 Board of Regents meeting. The university has already approved $29 million in...

4 years 2 weeks ago

Bill aims to untie schools from TABOR

State lawmakers will soon take up the issue of whether to ask voters for more power to raise taxes specifically for schools and colleges. The proposed DECIDE amendment is being pushed by the group Great Education Colorado . Policy Director Lisa Weil says, if passed, the amendment would give...

4 years 3 weeks ago

D-49 cutting 92 jobs

Staff cuts weren't an easy decision for school board president Danielle Lindorf, but a unanimous one for the D-49 school board. "There is always a concern, that we're not meeting the needs of our students and it's always a reassessment whether or not we are," Lindorf says, talking about...

4 years 1 month ago

Layoffs loom as D-11 votes on budget cuts

As many as 15 assistant principals, school support staff, special education teachers and transportation employees could be out of a job this summer as a result of $6.8 million in budget cuts being considered tonight by District 11 Board of Education. Teachers, custodians and bus drivers will be spared...

4 years 1 month ago

D 70 may move top-ranked school

A big crowd is expected at Tuesday night's school board meeting at Pueblo County High School. Board members will consider the first round of cuts aimed at trimming $5 million from the District 70 budget. That includes moving one school and possibly closing others. One idea D-70 is considering is...

4 years 2 months ago

CSPD may unload one helicopter

At least one potential buyer is making the minimum bid for one of two Colorado Springs police department helicopters up for sale. The helicopters were grounded in December by budget cuts. The city is trying to sell them on the Internet. Sgt. Dan Lofgren says at least one...

4 years 2 months ago

Colorado governor to announce more budget cuts

Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is going to reveal details of his $50 million plan to re-balance the current fiscal year state budget. Todd Saliman, the governor's budget director, says the cuts are needed because of higher-than-expected Medicaid caseload growth and previous cuts that Ritter backed away from. Those include $4.5...

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