SISD prepares for cuts

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN, Tex -- Rollback elections were held in a number of school districts across the state, and one school district is trying to see where it can cut back after its rollback proposal failed. Sherman ISD administrators say they'll have to make about $3 million in cuts to the 2009 budget.

But school officials say that they are doing whatever they can do to make sure the cuts won't be too drastic.

Back in October, rollback elections were held for most school districts in Grayson County, many of them failed. Now, those districts are having to cut back on budgets as well, as administrators in Sherman are working to soften the blow to their district.

"We are going to take moves to balance that budget in a way that will have a minimum impact on the academic and extra curricular activities for the children adn we also want to do minimum harm to teachers and staff in our district," said John Hendricks, President of the Sherman School Board.

Hendricks says whatever changes they decide to make will take effect in the 2009 school year.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:38 PM
    The lottery money goes into a general fund? I'm thinking that's where all of our money goes...into a general fund so the fat cats get fatter.
  • by bobby Location: denison on Nov 24, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    In denison we spend our tax money on footballs. And things to do with football like the indoor stadium we are about to build a new school so what do we do we build that at the old school. so when we do build the new school we will have to build a new one. It's ok they will up the taxs that will help.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:01 PM
    In response to the question about Lottery proceeds...It seems the question of the lottery and school finance keeps coming up whenever a school funding issue is in the headlines. When lottery proponents were trying to get the legislature to approve a Texas lottery, funding education was mentioned as one of the things the lottery COULD do. Just like it COULD fund highways, or more DPS troopers, or services for seniors, etc. However, when the lottery was approved there was nothing that said the profits had to be used for any specific program or cause. The profit goes into the general fund, and in essence helps fund all state programs. BTW the lottery could not begin to adequately fund education.
  • by The Truth Location: Sherman on Nov 22, 2008 at 03:45 PM
    Every post up until this one shows how fragmented the district is. There is only one way to save the SISD and that is to replace Dr. Hambrick and Lynn Burton with some people who can provide some real leadership and not just put in a bunch of hours. Board whether you like it or not you know this is what has to happen or it is onlt going to get worse than it already is.
  • by Red Raider Location: Gunter on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    If you think your child is not receiving a good education, try working some of the Algebra problems in their homework assignment or balancing equations in their chemistry textbook. Your child IS receiving a good education taught by dedicated professionals. Some students do not view their education as a high priority and do not apply themselves.Parents need to encourage their children to do their utmost to be successful in school.
  • by LOL Location: Texas on Nov 22, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    After reading some of these comments, maybe we need to put more money in the system, can anyone spell without spellcheck anymore? As for education in the North...the schools up there have teacher unions. So yes teachers make a better living; however, they don't care much about the kids when contracts come up. Unions are economically killing our country. I've seen teachers strike for months, just for more cash. In school districts that have a total number of kids k-12, 800 kids total, teachers make about an average of $50,000/year. I'm proud that Texas teachers aren't unionized, and we should give some reward to them. There are other places we can make cuts, like football stadiums. As for all the perks, no wonder younger people don't know the difference between a NEED and a WANT. I say bag some of the bling bling annd get back to the basics.
  • by Beer Drinker Location: Sherman on Nov 21, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    I voted for this town to go wet so that my taxes on alcohol would help fund our schools. Was I so blinded by alcohol that this is not the case? hic!! Excuse me.
  • by jake on Nov 20, 2008 at 10:48 PM
    to opinion. who said i wanted to move or didnt like texoma? by the way you dont know how to spell choose! you spelled it wrong twice and thats what i mean by crappy education. thanks for proving my point.
  • by joey Location: sherman on Nov 20, 2008 at 07:44 PM
    the first step to save some money would be to get rid of that 18 wheeler truck the shs band has.driving all over the state to band shows it's over the top.waste of money.
  • by anonymous Location: other places on Nov 20, 2008 at 02:07 PM
    There are other countries that have their children in school more than this country does and they are very educated to come from a third world country. This has to happen when you have parents and the community come together and really realize that education no matter who or where you come from is needed. Next time quizz your kids and see how top notch they are with their school subjects and you will realize that they know more about paris hilton and television than education.It's a fact, parents need to be more positively involved it can't always come from the schools. We can't blame a group of people either. It's the parents first then the teachers. Hello! Take accountability for your kids education in this country! Don't talk about it be about it!
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