DeSoto County Schools Forced To Cut Corners After Big Cut In State Funding

DESOTO COUNTY, MISS (localmemphis.com) - DeSoto County Schools is losing more funding thanks to state budget cuts.

The state's largest public school district is losing more than 700-thousand dollars.

Last year DCS lost more than 600-thousand in funding.

Every year the Mississippi Legislature allocates a certain amount of money for public school districts.

DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Cory Uselton says DCS was counting on those funds. Now, they'll have to cut corners.

Uselton said teachers shouldn't worry at this point. Cuts won't affect their job or their classroom.

"I want teachers to know that I'm fighting for em," said Uselton.

The Superintendent isn't happy about DCS losing more money, but he doesn't want teachers to panic.

He said, "We've assured our teachers and our principals that classroom instruction is not going to be affected this spring."

Teachers like Crystal Robinson can't help "As a math teacher I do fear for my students. For example in technology we won't be able to have the proper updates for our technology," said Robinson.

Uselton was forced to adjust the budget last year when DCS lost more than $600-thousand in funding.

"We want to be as efficient as we can with the tax- payer dollars that we receive. So we want to make sure at the district level that we're very efficient. The more efficient we can be at the district level the more money that we can spend at the school level, said Uselton.

Robinson commends Uselton for putting students and teachers first. She says that's the way it should be.

"Its not fair to the students. It's not fair to the teachers. And we need to make education our top priority. Our students deserve it," Robinson said. Uselton agreed.

"We never want our students or teachers to suffer because of any kind of budget cut. With salaries and benefits, we could've hired 10, 11 teachers with the amount of money we just lost," Uselton said.

Uselton admits it is a setback.

"It cuts out some of the things that we would like to do next year. We would like to add in certain areas with technology or different programs that we can use in the classroom," said Uselton.

DCS parents like Tamra Walendzik are worried because the cuts keep coming.

"How are our kids gonna compete? How are we gonna keep our kids in Mississippi? How are we gonna keep our kids moving forward in the world? We may not feel the pinch now, but we'll feel the pinch to come. Our kids need this money," Walendzik said.

Uselton says the cuts won't be felt in the classroom this time.

He said, "If there ever was an effect at the school level eventually it could affect classroom sizes it could affect the number of students assigned to a teacher. We try to keep our teacher per pupil ratio as low as we can."

Uselton said he'll continue to fight for education. No matter what.

"I've got two children myself in DeSoto County Schools, so I can look at it from a parent perspective. I want my children to get the best education possible. I want every child in our school district to get the best education possible," said Uselton.

 

 

 

 


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