Impact of proposed budget on schools? $29 million less says KUSD

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Reductions in various funding sources for the Kenosha Unified School District — including state and federal funding — and an existing deficit will result in about a $29 million deficit for the 2011-12 school year budget, district officials estimate.

In a press release issued Wednesday, superintendent Michelle Hancock said:

“There’s no doubt significant cuts will have to be made. The largest portion of any budget is personnel costs – salary and benefits. This is no exception for KUSD. … Our job is to educate children and we are going to try to keep any cuts as far away from the classrooms as possible.”

The district has been working on its next budget since December and will not have a plan for cuts until at least another month, the release said.

Hancock’s state of the district address, delivered to staff Wednesday, is available here on the district’s home page.

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