The Weatherford ISD school board heard about a proposed recommendation to ask 29 first-year probationary elementary school teachers to resign next week.
The recommendation, given as one of several proposed budget cuts by WISD staff, will be brought up at the school board’s regular meeting Thursday at 7 p.m., as will having students pay to participate in extracurricular activities.
Nearly 50 people showed up to the work session Thursday night to hear about the budget issues the district is facing.
“The only thing on the agenda is to talk about the budget and to discuss some things you’ll be facing next week as a board,” said Superintendent Deborah Cron at the start of the meeting.
Tracy Ray, assistant superintendent for business and operations, then discussed the need to make cuts. Though, she noted, a lot of this is being done with an amount of uncertainty. The district doesn’t know for sure how much the state will cut from its budget or how long those cuts will be — just for this legislative session or for years into the future.
From what WISD staff members have heard, the number will likely be in the millions, and Ray had worked up proposed budgets using figures of $7,472,944, $7,666,252 and $10,892,527 in cuts to the Foundation School Program, where the majority of the school distict’s general operating revenue is drawn.
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