Millard Public Schools face budget cuts

Posted at 10:44 PM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 23:44:31-04

The Millard Public School District is facing a multi-million dollar budget cut, and they want parents input on where to make those cuts.

On Tuesday parents piled into the administration building to hear from the superintendent about the problem.

“Really alarming on the surface,” said parent Brian Berry.

“I want to make sure we are putting our priorities in the right place,” added parent Chris Hartley.

The district is facing a $6 million deficit after a lack of government funding.

“Our child is in the Montessori program in Millard and we are interested to make sure it continues to be funded,” said Hartley.

Superintendent Jim Sutfin stood before the crowd and said they will try and make cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, but already, 50 teachers and administrators have been eliminated.

“How can you choose, everyone owns interest is the most important to them,” said Mary Towne how has twin boys in high school.

“Larger classrooms, fewer teachers, fewer resources, fewer programs, a lot of things you would hate to see taken away,” said Berry.

When it came down who to blame, most parents said it is the economy and realize all districts are facing problems, they just hope Millard doesn’t take too big of a hit.

“This is just the way things go,” said Towne.

The district will hold another meeting Wednesday night at 6pm. They will have until the beginning of September to make final decisions on the budget.