WICHITA, Kansas – More than 100 high school students converged at the School Service Center to discuss proposed budget cuts that are being discussed by USD 259.
Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council brought other students from all the area high schools to participate.
Superintendent John Allison spoke with students about the district’s current budget situation and the list of potential budget cuts.
The students broke off into small groups to share their feedback on the programs they felt were a necessity and couldn’t be cut, as well as programs they felt could be cut.
Noah Fair, a senior at Wichita Northwest High School, says one item, the IB program at East high, is one he feels is vital to the district.
“If you cut the IB program, it’s hard enough to get into an Ivy League college if you’re in the Midwest, this is the opportunity for students who are capable, intelligent and they’re willing to put in the hard work to get into those colleges,” said Fair.
Other students, like Anisia Brumley, a junior at Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, says some of the cuts on the list could impact hers and others education.
“Budgets affect us, they’re thinking about cutting things that go into our education, cutting things that we are a part of that are going to make us more college ready,” said Brumley.
Superintendent Allison touched on the importance of having students give their input and insight in the proposed cuts to the district.
“Student input is critical our board values it tremendously and they’re stake holders and really our customers,” said Allison.
Superintendent Allison says the suggestions will be compiled and go before the Board of Education.
He says the budget will have to be decided on by August.