West Des Moines Schools Facing More Budget Cuts

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The West Des Moines school district will have to make more cuts to address a budget deficit.

It’s a move the district saw coming last year, when it failed to cut the needed $3.6 million.

In 2014 Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy said, “If changes are made in the budget reduction package, as I suggested, that will move us down to $2.7 million, roughly, which means we`re going to have some heavier lifting to do next school year.”

Now that next year is here, the district needs to cut another one to two million dollars according to the Des Moines Register.

The deficit stems from rising costs and decreasing enrollment.

School officials hope to bridge the gap through early retirements and program and staff cuts. But some think that won’t be enough unless the legislature approves a bigger aid package.

The district asked for suggestions on ways to cut the budget last year. It is expected to revisit some of those suggestions.

West Des Moines is the 9th largest district in the state with 1,200 employees and 9,000 students.

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