Oakdale Schools Superintendent Kim Lanier reports that in his 35 years of experience as an educator, today’s $1.3 billion budget shortfall is not the worst he’s seen. It’s second to the oil bust and following savings and loan disaster of the 1980s.
He’s also skeptical of whether or not holding education budget cuts to no more than 5 percent will help schools.
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But Lanier says that number is deceptive because, in most schools, 80-to-85 percent of the budget is for salaries. And you can’t lay off teachers mid-way through the school year. So that five percent will come out of whatever’s left after salaries.