As a result of budget cuts put into effect by Gov. Sam Brownback, six school districts in Kansas will close early this year.
Two school districts, Concordia Unified School District and Twin Valley Unified School District, announced earlier this month that they would end the year early because they lacked the funds to keep the schools open. This week, four more districts confirmed they would also shorten their calendars, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
The four newly reported closings are in the unified school districts of Smoky Valley, Haven, Skyline and Shawnee Heights. The Capital-Journal reports that most Kansas schools already exceed the required minimum number of school days, so they can afford to cut a few days without violating state law.
Administrators at the Smoky Valley Unified School District released this statement in regards to the spending cuts:
“We will lose $190,000 in the current year’s budget [and] once again tighten the budget, look for internal cuts and present opportunities to eliminate expenditures that least affect student learning.”
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