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Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Shawnee Mission superintendent proposes multi-million dollar cuts

April 12, 2011

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— The Shawnee Mission school district might have fewer teachers, coaches and library books next school year.

Those were among millions of dollars in cuts proposed Monday by Shawnee Mission school superintendent Gene Johnson.

The proposals include eliminating 31 teaching positions and 33 special education positions and reducing money spent on library books and custodial work. Parents would also have to pay a $50 fee for participating in extra-curricular activities.

Johnson recommended continued funding of Parents as Teachers and the fifth- and sixth-grade band and strings program.

The Kansas City Star reports that the school board isn't expected to make a decision on Johnson's proposed $8.3 million in budget cuts and revenue enhancements until August. The proposals come in anticipation of severely reduced state aid for the district next school year.

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