Bowie ISD Reductions

Rain is not washing away any budget issues facing the state of Texas.  Newschannel 6 learned today that Bowie Independent School District is also facing some tough decisions for the 2012 school year.

Superintendent Steven Monkres says they will reduce the 2011-2012 budget by approximately 1.2 million dollars.  The school had to eliminate at least 24 positions, and that along with salary freezes, and also getting rid of some school stipends, all done in hopes to save the Bowie ISD money.

Its an unfortunate situation but something has to be done.  Job cuts within the Bowie School District are weighing heavily on everyone, including concerned parents.  For this coming 2012 school year the district will eliminate 18 positions and an additional 6 non-contract positions. These include 3 non- campus level secretarial positions, 2 nursing positions, and 1 technology position.  Along with the changes salary freezes and also getting rid of some school stipends.

Frustrations that not only the Bowie School District is facing, but many other schools across the state.  Frustrations that are leaving some feeling like its a helpless situation.  Bowie Independent School District officials say they are continuing to look at the budget to find ways to reduce spending in other areas.

Many staff members have been asked to change roles or accept additional responsibilities.  Also, administrators, counselors, and other staff will be required to pick up extra duties in order to help offset the loss of positions.

Superintendent Steven Monkres is hoping to see an increase in funding once the state budget is finalized.  Just like many other school districts in Texoma everyone has to wait patiently and see what will happen for the 2011-2012 school year.

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6