McKinney ISD May Have To Cut Alterative School

McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The McKinney Independent School District isn’t immune to the state’s budget deficit crisis.  $15 million will have to slashed from McKinney’s expected $170 million budget.

130 jobs could be cut.  District officials say no teachers will be laid off, but some position vacancies will not be filled, and at least 60 non-campus positions will be slashed.

When it comes to affecting campuses, McKinney is set to transition an alternative education program back to regular campuses.  The district’s LINC (Learning in a New Context) Center provides specialized classroom instruction for students who are drastically behind in credits.

60 at-risk students are part of the LINC program.  But officials say the $500,000 operation will be shut down, and students will receive similar services on their neighborhood middle and high school campuses.

“The reality is, we can do that (provide program) at our high schools, at an efficient manner,” says district spokesman Cody Cunningham.

The LINC Center started in 1989.  Students on the verge of not completing high school were targeted for the program.  McKinney ISD currently provides a number of dropout prevention programs on the campuses of its three comprehensive high schools.

The school board will have to approve the job reductions and program changes.

  • Betty Rutledge

    The LINC Center has served over 100 students this year. Since students work at an accelerated pace, many finish their requirements and graduate before the end of the school year.
    Contrary to the article, MISD has proposed eliminating 65 teacher positions, including those at the LINC Center. The proposal that would eliminate the LINC Center included data which misrepresents the school’s achievements.
    Over 1000 students have graduated from the LINC Center in its 22-year history, including 199 in the past 3 years. These students applied to the LINC Center because dropout prevention efforts on their home campuses were not providing the support needed for them to remain in school. The closing of the LINC Center would be a resource loss of major proportion to MISD’s most at-risk students.

  • McKinney Parent

    What do they mean by “no teachers will be laid off” ? They are letting many teachers go. Sadly, they are not releasing teachers based on merit or performance and instead going by hire date. This kinda sucks because there are a lot of older teachers that have checked out and the district does nothing. Younger energetic teachers get the boot.

  • Jenni Ball-Lindsey

    I can assure “McKinney Parent” that one of the LINC teachers who was let go has 20+ years with the District, is passionate about their subject of instruction, and has been highly committed to their students; the teacher I’m thinking of has definitely not “checked out.” I think it’s a shame for MISD to let go of value investments / resources such as experienced teachers; I am also a MISD parent, and my children have been subject to numerous mistakes by younger, less experienced teachers that might not have occurred with a more experienced teacher.

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