Governor Parson announced the state will be withholding $131 million from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which has a direct impact on the funding for the Springfield School District.
Superintendent John Jungmann told staff that the cut means an additional $2 million on top of the $2 million the district already anticipated losing from previous withholdings and gaming revenue shortfalls.
Jungmann said the reduction is within the administration’s projections, and the reduction will be managed in three ways:
- Reduced spending in fuel, utilities and daily supplies realized during the Covid-19 extended school closure;
- Leveraging CARES funds made available through the economic stimulus package;
- Accessing funds maintained as part of the district’s appropriate reserve balance.
The plan should allow SPS to not reduce teachers or support staff through layoffs or furloughs.
“Our highest priority will always be the students in our classrooms and the exceptional educators and support team members who equip them to learn and grow,” Jungmann wrote.
The proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year will be presented to the Board of Education by the end of June.