(WICHITA, Kan.) — Before the City of Wichita cuts $8 million out of its budget, council members want to hear from you. Tuesday is the first of three public hearings on the 2011-2012 budget. The hearing starts at 9AM during the regular council meeting. The manager proposes restructuring departments and laying off about 65 people to make up a lot of the shortfall.
Some of that restructuring is happening in the Wichita police department. Officer's that spent time in elementary and middle schools will be put back on the street. That means students will no longer receive safety classes from officers.
"I feel real disappointed," said Tina Jones about the proposed cuts. She's not happy the city wants to take school liaison officers out of elementary schools to save about $83,000. This is on top of the school district's decision to remove school resource officer's out of all middle schools.