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Wichita schools might cut 186 jobs, programs

May 10, 2011

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— The superintendent of Wichita schools says the district might have to cut 186 jobs, several programs and close one school to deal with a $30 million shortfall in funding next year.

Superintendent John Allison presented his proposals to the district's school board Monday night.

Allison says most of the job cuts would be teachers and other certified staff. And Blackbear Bosin Academy, an alternative middle school, would close.

Other proposed cuts include 24 high school coaches, C-team and sophomore athletic teams, the fifth-grade strings program, school librarians and reducing custodial services.

The Wichita Eagle reports that if approved, the district would save $9 million.

Board members have already tentatively approved eliminating 278 fulltime positions, cutting technology spending and ending funding for Parents as Teachers and the National Academic League.

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