School officials in Plano say everything is on the chopping block as they consider how to cut a whopping $65 million from next school year's budget.
“We’re not talking about a single department here, we are talking about cuts from every single area,” said Richard Matkin, Plano’s associate superintendent for business services.
The Plano Independent School District has decided to eliminate its deputy superintendent position for the coming year. That takes the district's second highest salary off the payroll, it still has a long way to go to close an estimated $65 million gap.
“I just want to be educated,” Plano parent Sherie Hammett said. “We want to be told what’s going to happen to our babies."
The state faces a revenue shortfall of at least $15 billion and is expected to slash education funding for school districts across Texas.
Some analysts have pegged the shortfall at $27 billion if lawmakers intent to maintain spending at current levels and still pay for school and Medicaid enrollment growth, cost increases and other variables.
Plano ISD won't make any concrete recommendations until at least next week.
Other school districts are also looking at cuts in expectation of cuts from the state.
School officials in Fort Worth are considering everything from salary freezes to cutting sports teams. The Grand Prairie school district has discussed shutting down an entire elementary school. In Dallas, nearly 4,000 jobs are on the line, and the Arlington school district is considering cutting 5 percent of its workforce and 5 percent of every department's budget.