Mid-Del Superintendent Voices Concerns Over Budget Cuts

Wednesday, March 9th 2016, 8:53 am
By: News 9

School districts across the state are being hit hard by budget cuts. One metro Superintendent is taking to his district's Facebook page to voice his concerns.

Mid-Del Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb begins his Facebook post by saying because of the state's financial losses, his district is, “Shutting down all possible spending at this time.” Dr. Cobb explains that includes reducing or eliminating bus routes, eliminating elementary and sixth grades athletics, and even reducing supplies such as copy paper.

There are several other items on Dr. Cobb's list for this year. The reason for the immediate cuts -- To date, Mid-Del Public Schools has lost close to $3.5 million in funding from the state.

As for next year, he doesn't see things getting any easier.

"I won't pretend that I see an end to this budget crisis. I don't believe the state has bottomed out yet. I can't say for certainty I see a clear path forward now. With my team around me and everyone in this district we're still working for the 14,600 Mid-Del students and the community we serve," Dr. Rick Cobb said in a video he posted online.

Also in his post, Dr. Cobb writes his district needs to plan for a little more than $10 million in cuts overall.