Converse County School Budget Cuts

School has started for some teachers and students, but budget cuts have forced reductions in staff and activities.

Converse County School officials had over a million dollars trimmed from their budget this year.

It's hard to see how budget cuts have affected school services as students walk between classrooms.

The new superintendent has already seen schools take hits from cuts.

"So we're down 16.5 FTEs so full time positions. Three of those were reduction enforced," said Dr. Paige Fenton Hughes, the Converse County School District #1 Superintendent.

Those reductions required fewer teachers which increases class sizes.
School activity money for meals during trips, and other traveling expenses are no longer being provided.

Other programs have also been affected.

"The number of electives that we offered at both our middle school and our high school have been reduced.”

The Douglas High School principal also says they reduced teaching positions by one.

"It didn't raise those number real bad because we used to offer four periods of drivers' ed. and we no longer offer drivers ed., so that allowed two P.E. teachers to go back into the classroom," said Dan Edwards.

And decisions regarding these cuts didn't come lightly.

"It's just painful to consider reducing affective and high quality services that we provide to students."

"We'll just deal with them as they come."

School board members will meet later this fall, and discuss reallocating the budget.

They hope that will save necessary services for students.

Dr. Hughes also says they could lose another $1,000,000 next year.

And more cuts from legislators are still possible.