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Posted by Texas Education on June 29, 2008

Around Texas more and more school districts are facing major (millions of $$$) cutbacks due to “lack of funding.” There is much news just this week as ISD’s are finalizing their budgets for the fall. With the closing of schools, staff reductions, figuring out how to pay for the increasing gas and food prices, and on and on and on…

AISD OKs balanced budget of $9.3 million Alpine ISD trustees approved a balanced $9.297 million budget for the 2008-09 school year amid warnings that — in the words of business manager Darrell Dodds — “until the Legislature does something, we’re stuck.”

Athens ISD woes:

More than 25 residents packed Thursday night’s Athens school board meeting to protest the district’s decision to close R.C. Fisher school. Two members of the group addressed the board during the public comments portion regarding the closing. The end of the 2007-2008 school year marked the last for Fisher, which was closed for financial reasons and to send its sixth-graders to Athens Middle School.

Isle ISD’s budget woes may force job cuts:

The district will have a $7.4 million shortfall if it doesn’t cut the budget, officials say. If trustees agree to cuts administrators have proposed, such as laying off employees and eliminating vacant positions, it still faces a $5.7 million shortfall.

“We’re going through what every other school district in this state is going through,” said Board President Andy Mytelka. “The school finance system set up by the Legislature doesn’t work. We have a variety of things to look at, frankly, none of which are very good.”

Few Options

Predicting grim finances, the district closed two schools and eliminated 40 teaching jobs, six administrators, 12 aides and 37 auxiliary employees, including maintenance workers and food service employees since 2003.

Ok, do I hear some similarities here???

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