Statewide education budget cuts, Midway not cutting teachers

POSTED: Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 5:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- In the past two years Midway ISD has had to make up for more than 7 million dollars in budget cuts by reducing spending and filling the gap with savings.

Every Texas school district has had to make sacrifices, but one sacrifice Midway is not willing to make:

 "We are not going to have any teacher cuts. Anything we do to reduce the overall size of our staff is through attrition, hands down," interim superintendent, Dr. Chris Allen said.  

Tonight and Wednesday night, Midway officials met with community members to discuss the changes they are proposing to make for the 2012-2013 school year due to the budget cuts.

One change toward bussing would also change the school start times. So either elementary and intermediate schools would start at 7:35, or the middle and high school would.

"At the end of the day really what I want to know is that my kids are safe and they're getting the education they need regardless of what time of day that is," Midway parent and principal, Jennifer Allison said.

"It's just figuring out our timing as a family of when we'd have kids where and being able to drop them off in either model."

Teacher stipends could also be cut.

"If we have to possibly give up a stipend, we're grateful that we have a job, and if that saves my neighbors job, then I'm okay with that too," Allison said.  

Since the meetings, Midway officials say overall the comments they've received have been supportive.

"It's really nice to have that support and make sure that we're not missing anything and to really consider what the community might be willing to do when they think out of the box," Midway spokesperson Traci Marlin said.

Midway and other Central Texas school are far from being the only ones affected by these budget cuts. In fact, so far 32,000 teachers have been cut from Texas. So the question is now, will it get any better?

"Of the 1,042 districts in the state, 500 of them are suing the state in one form or another over funding, so it could get better," Dr. Allen said.

If you weren't able to make it to the community meetings, Midway has made the presentations and other information on the budget cuts available on their website. Visit www.midwayisd.org/statebudget

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