MPS Chief Fiscal Officer on Cuts

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Meridian Public Schools district officials say they are confident they won't have to make more budget cuts any time soon, after Monday's announcement of job cuts.

The district cut 18 positions for non-certified employees. Those cuts will include some of the custodial staff and some teacher assistants.

"Everyone was touched by it. There are none that will go untouched. In other words, everyone will give up something," said MPS chief fiscal officer Linda Hill. "There are people who will lose their jobs, but that will be a minimal number because there could have been many more."

Hill says these cuts will provide for a balanced budget.

"We are told it will be worse next year," said Hill. "And what I'm looking for is for this year to end with a good fund balance, so that maybe we have some cushion there so we can absorb the cuts for next year. "

Along with these cuts, last month, the district eliminated three administrative positions and approved two mandatory furlough days for all district employees.

For some parents, the idea of fewer adults in the classroom raises concerns of the quality of education the district can provide the children.

"I think it will interfere with the kids' education, although I know that it's sometimes a necessity," said parent Jackie Rupert. "But I don't think education should be cut."

And this is something district officials would more than likely agree with, but Hill says officials are just trying to make the best out of what they are being given from the state.

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