ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE)- School districts across the state are tightening their belts because of state budget cuts. New Mexico school districts are preparing for some pretty big cuts.
“There is a proposal for cuts to instructional materials across the state and instructional materials does include our dual credit materials, which is books, and that proposed cut is $37 million,” said Roswell Independent School District Superintendent, Tom Burris.
Also included in the mandated cuts are regular textbooks.
Burris says the bottom line is that older books will have to stick around a little longer than they hoped. He also says if books absolutely need to be replaced, they will find a way to do it.
“Social studies books are another issue those books are relevant to today’s world so consequently in five years a lot of that material might be stale in a book, so replacing social studies books is a big deal,” said Burris.
Burris says if they need to pull funds from elsewhere they will and that they won’t let the kids suffer.
“We have great kids and a great educational system in Roswell and we will provide those materials and items that the kids need to succeed,” said Burris.
Also targeted are student transportation services, meaning buses.
Burris says they’re still looking at where they can cut, since those services are contracted out. He wants to remind everyone that nothing is set in stone.
“These three proposals are just that, they’re proposals, this has not been signed by the governor and accepted by her so consequently we’re waiting to see what will come from the governor’s office,” said Burris.
Across the state Kindergarten through 12th grade is looking at a 1.5% budget cut, which for Roswell is about $1.1 million.
One of the programs that will not be hit by these budget cuts is the district’s Pre-K classes.