A maths teacher uses a white board to explain a sum to students.
Reporting Steve Pickett
CEDAR HILL – One North Texas school district has already taken action to deal with its multi-million dollar budget shortage. As first reported on CBS 11 News last week, the Cedar Hill Independent School District will eliminate more than 100 jobs and shut down one campus.
Beltline Intermediate School will be closed at the end of the school year and that means the student population at Cedar Hill’s Wilson Intermediate School and West Intermediate School will soon increase, as some 300 students are transferred.
At the end of the school day on Tuesday, parents picking up youngsters at Wilson Intermediate first heard the news. “They could do something better, cut back on something else,” explained parent Paul Weber. “But every child needs a good education and a good teacher.”
Mother Shalanda Cole is worried. “Well, my concern is there aren’t enough teachers in the district to teach our children, and they’re being deprived of the education they need to get.”
The Cedar Hill School Board cut close to $9 million in jobs and campus operations with one vote Monday night. The cuts are across the board affecting athletics, fine arts, career and technology.
The cuts also mean nine elementary and intermediate schools will lose librarians, counselors and assistant principals.
Rather than wait for the ‘ax to fall’, the school board took the action now, based on the district’s current financial outlook. “The biggest impact is on our children. They are the ones affected by all of this,” explained Valerie Banks with the Cedar Hill ISD. “We know there was no way to get around it. Whatever we did will hurt kids.”
The vote to cut jobs and close the school could be rescinded. But that would depend on a wealth of state funding changes being made.