The Lawrence school district administration was in the mindset that the school board would have to find another $2 million in cutbacks when the latest round of budget cuts was announced.
But after Gov. Mark Parkinson presented his spending adjustments Monday, that number grew by more than $1 million.
The Lawrence school district is now looking at another $3.3 million cut for this school year.
“Those numbers are big,” Superintendent Rick Doll told the school board Monday night. “We already cut close to 2.5 million. We’re approaching 10 percent of our general fund in one year.”
School board President Scott Morgan said that the district is in better shape than most.
“We have been responsible,” he said. “We have a contingency fee that will help us to some extent.”
However, Morgan also said that state lawmakers have not been responsible with money and public education is making up for it.
“I put it squarely on Topeka,” he said. “The effect that we are feeling is because (they) did not deal with it there so we are left to deal with it here because frankly, we have no choice.”
The district administration will wait for final figures to be released by the state and then make decisions on what to cut and how much of the contingency fund to use.