DISD Faces Another Budget Shortfall

By Stewart McKenzie, CBSDFW.COM

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s not as bad as last year, but the Dallas Independent School District faces more multi-million dollar budget cuts.

Last year, the district grappled with a shortfall that was, at one time, estimated at $250 million. It eventually fell to $150 million, and then to a little more than $100 million. Funding cuts at the state level last year forced school districts in North Texas to slash their budgets.

The district posted 136 pages of documents on Friday, as it prepares for another shortfall in the 2012-13 year. This year, the revenue shortfall is currently estimated at $34.8 million. According to documents provided by the district, the budget proposal includes closing 10 schools. That vote has already taken place.

Pre-K through fourth-grade classrooms will see a student-teacher ratio jump from 22:1 to 24:1. Custodial services are being restructured to save district taxpayers $10 million. Under the proposed budget plan, a full-day Pre-K will be added into the mix.

Other additions that are part of the budget plan include a funding increase for seventh-grade athletics and expanding A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School and the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy to include a 10th grade.

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DISD trustees are scheduled to vote on the budget plan for the 2012-13 year in May.

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