Cutting out field trips, charging students to ride the bus and hiking up the price to play sports are just a few of the things the Hutto school district will talk to parents about this week in an effort to shave $1.2 million off next year’s budget.
The district is hosting two public meetings to help prioritize a four-page list of potential cuts and money-making solutions. The meetings are Monday and Wednesday at the Hutto High School Performing Arts Center, located at 101 FM 685.
Community input will help the school district gauge what people want to save and what the district can live without. The additional cuts follow $4.5 million in previous cuts made for the current school year, which resulted in roughly 70 layoffs, the closure of Veteran’s Hill Elementary and many other cost-saving measures.
There will be another public meeting tomorrow at the Performing Arts Center at 6:30pm. And here’s a link to a survey if you can’t make tomorrow’s hearing.
The bus fee alone, $200/per child, per year, is quite a bit of money. More than likely much less than what the tax increase, that was voted down in November, would have cost. Nothing like reality to focus people’s attention on the next election. Hopefully the families in Hutto that are hardest hit by these new fees will remember who brought this about.