Budget cuts force Okla. school to cut class days

By: Dara Downs Email
By: Dara Downs Email

MILBURN, OK - Public schools in Oklahoma were handed a 10% cut from the state budget in December, forcing schools across the state to make cuts in spending. Dara Downs reports on how one local school is dealing with the budget shortfall.

Students at Milburn Public schools received letters this week stating that there would be no school on Fridays in April, and that the school year would end four days earlier than originally set, leaving some in the community wondering how and why these days were cut.

The recent cut has parents in Milburn like Raymond Hairell worried that their students won't receive valuable hours of classroom instruction that they need

"The people of Milburn school district need to know why or what's going on, and the reason we're going to cut 5 percent of the school year off or more," Hairell says.

But Milburn Superintendent Jon Holmes says Oklahoma law supports his cut to the calendar.

"Due to the financial status of the state and school funding and the 1,080 hours giving us the ability to cut some days out of my calendar toward the end, I have went with 1,080 hours," Holmes says.

Holmes says shaving off ten days will save the district close to $900 each day in operational costs that it takes to support the districts 210 students, or close to $10,00 in all.

But even with that savings Holmes says he will be forced to cut up to 5 staff positions from the district by June 30, including custodians, teachers, and administrators.

"Anytime you take a job away from anyone in a community this size you're going to have some negative impact to it. It would be great and wonderful if we didn't have to do that, but to keep school operations moving along the way that they need to, this is something that had to be done."

Holmes says although the cuts are drastic they will not affect the quality of education at Milburn, but parents like Raymond Hairell believe more should be done to make sure their kids are getting the education they deserve.

"Then somebody needs to go to work and straighten the school budgets out. Get whoever is at fault needs to step up to the plate and do the right thing to let our kids get an education."

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  • by rene Location: milburn on Mar 31, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Either fund education properly or build more prisons.
  • by Someone Location: Here on Mar 30, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Hey I graduated from Milburn High School. I also have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice, so not all Milburn people are dumb.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 01:27 PM
    "rightfully deservant children"-Well put Oklahoma! There is no more room for political correctness. kick their UNDESERVANT rumps on outta here!
  • by Oklahoma on Mar 29, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    If we would get the mexicans out of the this country we would have enough money to educate our rightfully deservant children instead we have to make cuts to educate children that do not even belong here!!!!!!!!
  • by Rita Location: Durant on Mar 28, 2010 at 06:55 PM
    It's sad that when our state's budget is cut the education of our kids gets cut before the budget for all of the gov't freeloaders, illegal aliens, etc. Education should be the LAST to be cut from the budget, after all our children are the future. Their education and success paves the way for great things, how can this be done when the state decides to cut class early? What's happening to this world?!
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Mar 28, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    It is not the Government or Casino's that is responsible for YOUR School's, it is YOU, if YOU dont vote FOR anything YOU get nothing in return.Pass a bond every now and then.
  • by indianschool Location: choctaw,county on Mar 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM
    boob,the reason texas teacher is not a oklahoma teacher,, it would be a big pay cut ,you have no reason to comment on someone else ,you should have stated,before posting IT,,
  • by sirena Location: milburn on Mar 27, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    Ok im an milburn graduate. And just because students are from milburn doesnt mean that they all cant read or write well. Alot of them chose not to listen during school. Some have more trouble than others. Duh. Milburn oklahoma if you didnt know is a small town 300 ppl. Not many people come through here so we dont get much funding as you might know. There is alot of parts at milburn school that need help but however we dont have the funding to do it. Letting our children out i can agree is not a good option but when you dont have the money what do you expect? Just because milburn is a cookie crumb on the map doesnt mean we are less important than ardmore or oklahoma city shall i say. Some money goes to worthless things like football why not send that money towards education? we can live without sports but we cant live without our kids having an education.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    " I have went with 1,080 hours"....and this is from the superintendent? I'd say the school financial problems are just the tip of the iceburg!
  • by booba Location: Milburn on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    Hey TEXAS TEACHER! Proof-read your comment before posting. "You can just decide not have school?" Did you forget a word? I am very glad you are not an Oklahoma teacher.
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