Today with our Cuts to Education series we focus on the Beloit school district and hear from Superintendent Jeff Travis in his second year with USD 273.
Travis says before he took the job the district was acting in preparation in case a situation like this would arise.
Last week, the Department of Education released information that Beloit would see a
difference of $49,532 between the original funding and the new funding cuts with the district’s base state aid. Travis says it’s always tough to try and plan for these cuts.
Like many of the local superintendents we have talked to in this series, Travis is a bit weary about projected increases in the cuts coming next year.
Travis adds that the district has spent the last 3-4 weeks working on a plan if that should happen.
Of course the district does have several projects going on including the Beloit Elementary School Addition that the state has promised funds for. Travis says that project should be okay. Insurance is covering the new roofing projects from last fall’s hail storm. Travis says one project that will be affected by the budget cuts is the high school parking lot.
Travis invites those who question the budget status of the district to visit the schools and walk in the shoes of educators.
A final item from Superintendent Travis was his reminder to the public to voice their concerns and attend the Legislative Coffee in Beloit on Saturday at 9am in the basement meeting of the Guaranty State Bank & Trust Company where State Representative Susan Concannon and State Senator Elaine Bowers will be speaking.
My full interview with Beloit USD 273 Superintendent Jeff Travis is above this story.
On Monday, we will continue the series and hear from Sylvan-Lucas USD 299 Superintendent Jude Stecklein.