|State cuts funding for schools|
Posted Date: 02/12/2015
Thursday Feb. 5, Governor Sam Brownback announced cuts to this year's budget due to lower than expected tax collections. The allotment - cuts that do not require legislative approval - includes a 1.5 % or $28.3 million cut to K-12 education. For Andover, this is a reduction of approximately $272,000 in our current school year budget.
“At this point, we are still analyzing our options. They have been talking about cash shortages since last spring so it didn't take much for us to see this coming,” says Superintendent Greg Rasmussen. The cuts will go into effect March 7.
The district will be going through an extensive review of our budget this spring to continue streamlining our processes and evaluating efficiencies. Administration is making every effort to continue serving students with an exceptional education while being as efficient and effective with what resources we have.
“We can't control what happens to us, but we will continue to educate students and give them excellent opportunities for success,” says Rasmussen. “We are Andover and we will continue to provide the high-quality education that our community expects.”