CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – The impact of Texas’ money shortage is starting to hit smaller school districts across the state.
The Cedar Hill Independent School District announced plans today to close one campus, move hundreds of students, and slash jobs.
The proposed closing of Beltline Intermediate School would save half a million dollars for the school district. 300 of Cedar Hill ISD’s 82-hundred schoolkids attend the fifth and sixth grade campus. Their two dozen teachers and counselors already know a change is possible.
And parents now know as well. “The impact is no school The impact is their neighborhhod school is gone”, parent Jeanne’ Braden said.
Parent Agapita Chavez called the school closing plan unfair. “Its ridiculous to close this school. This is the only school considered for closing.”
Cedar Hill’s projected 6-8 million dollar decrease in school funding from the state initiated a plan that will eliminate a total of 100 jobs from its employee pool of 900. The district employs 500 teachers.
District Finance Chief Mike McSwain says 20-percent of the district’s budget could be cut. “The pain is going to be evenly spread all across the district.”