Richardson ISD has released its list of possible budget cuts, with an effort to avoid impact in the classroom as much as possible. Earlier this year, we sat down with RISD board member Luke Davis for a podcast discussion on the upcoming bond election May 14 – but that was before we heard the budget news from the state level.
One thing Davis alluded to in our discussion is now part of the district’s list of reductions to consider – closing the planetarium, which would have an impact of $196,307. The list also includes:reducing campus operating budgets by 10 percent, and, at its worst – eliminating magnet school programs, which would free up $1,028,416 in funds.
These are not official cuts, and the district will not move forward without stakeholder input. You can read more about the upcoming bond election here.
You can read the full document below:
Update: The items in the shaded areas of the document indicate the reduction items that Superintendent Kay Waggoner and Assistant Superintendent of Finance Tony Harkleroad recommended implementing after the board meeting last night. A survey for stakeholder input will be available later this week.