SCHOOL SAVINGS: Public brainstorms ways to cut $2.8 million from Des Moines school budget

Posted on: 5:51 pm, March 3, 2012, by , updated on: 06:02pm, March 4, 2012

The Des Moines School district faced a $5 million budget gap. Now, the news is better, but it still isn’t good. The district has to come up with $2.8 million to balance the 2013 budget.

“It seems to be kind of a reoccurring theme that we`re in this position every year, year after year,” says Shane Schulte.

Schulte is president of the Des Moines PTA and part of the Budget Advisory Committee. He thinks the state needs to come up with a better way of funding Iowa schools.

“We want to see consistent and adequate funding for our public schools. We don`t want to continue having these conversations because people aren`t putting a priority on education,” says Schulte.

Today, the group of parents, teachers and staff talked about lobbying lawmakers. Christine Comito supports that idea, but says she isn’t convinced they will listen.

“A lot of the legislators don`t read my emails. I know that because I can see, I get an email back saying this email was deleted unread,” says Comito, a mother of three.

Others discussed the possibility of the district using some of its cash reserves to plug the hole. The district is expected to release a proposed budget on March 27th. The final budget is due April 16th.