Public Education Officials Preparing for Deep Funding Cuts

Following the Jan. 4 announcement by Governor Steve Beshear on cuts to the state budget, Kentucky public education officials are being told to brace themselves for funding cuts as deep as seven-percent for public schools.

Joe Tinius is the superintendent of Bowling Green independent schools.

He says superintendents across the state were notified of the cuts by Education Commissioner John Draud Jan. 7.

He says they are already looking into what they will have to cut to make up for the shortfall.

"We started that process yesterday and we'll continue here in the next few weeks taking a look at all areas of our budget to try to make things work with 7-percent less," said Joe Tinius, superintendent.

Meanwhile, the State Education Department may have to cut spending 12-percent in the new fiscal year.

That would also affect the school districts.

The caution comes after state agencies, including public colleges and universities, were told they could face 12-percent less state funding next year.


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