- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City school district is considering closing a school, consolidating two buildings, and cutting art and athletic budgets in the upcoming year as it looks to slash $7 million more from its budget.

The state’s largest school district is also looking to shorten the current school year by two days, eliminate 30 percent of high-level administrators and reorganize its operations department, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1TinTvY ) reported.

Acting Superintendent Aurora Lora recommended the proposed cuts during Monday’s school board meeting, which drew a standing-room-only crowd.

“These are dire financial times, and the budget cuts present the school district with some of the most difficult and challenging decisions we have made in years,” Lora said. “We have spent many hours evaluating our options for this round of cuts, specifically in an effort to protect teaching jobs and our students’ educational experience. Although these cuts are extremely difficult, I believe we have approached the process with caring efficiency.”

Board members didn’t take action on any of the proposed cuts, but they could act as soon as Wednesday.

If approved, the last day of instruction for students would be May 25.

Parent Anna King said school districts shouldn’t be in the position to make major decisions that affect schoolchildren.

“They shouldn’t be put in a position where they have to cut schools, consolidate schools, cut athletics, cut the arts, something that our kids need to keep them from the streets so the streets don’t take them,” King said. “I’m concerned about that. . everybody should be concerned about that.”


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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