WICHITA, Kan. — For the first time in months, Kansas schools have something to smile about. "Very relieved," Wichita Superintendent John Allison says with a smile.
"It's been since December and it weighed heavily over the district. And not just ours, those all over the state because of uncertainty."
Lawmakers' decision to spare school funding saved teachers' jobs around the state. "Overall we're much better than we were a week or two ago as we were considering phase five cuts," says Allison.
However, it's not all good news.
A lot of cuts were still made. The Wichita School District cut about $14 million. Those will likely still happen. Allison says fixed costs like fuel and insurance continue to rise.
Schools will likely lose federal stimulus dollars in the 2011-2012 school year. This is one part of the hill we've probably got another year or two," says Allison.