Johnson County School District #1 Superintendent Jim Wagner touched on COVID-19 and pending budget reductions in his report to the board of trustees Monday night.
COVID-19 did not necessitate closing any schools in the district up to the holiday break, although they did have some issues finding substitute teachers in December due to higher numbers of those quarantined.
At one point the district had over 140 students quarantined, but as of January 6th, they have 17 students and four staff members out.
Wagner said budget reductions will be a priority for administration as the legislature will be looking to pass on reductions to school districts in the state.
He said he expects to see about $1.8 million in reductions to JCSD1, and administration will be looking to find ways to minimize reductions in the classroom and to programs as much as possible.
He said, “This will be very difficult but it is something we will have to do. We will look at a number of possibilities and weigh all of the pros and cons to make sure we do what is best for our students.”