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Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board members and administrators put their heads together in a long budget work session meeting last week. They were faced with having to make cuts in programs, employees and student services.

Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent David Lykins With a new site-based approach, the district administrative team tackled the task of reducing $516,000 from a budget that has been reduced by over $2 million in the last six years already. Through operational efficiencies and other streamlining the district reduced the deficit in the budget to $303,000.

“This is not an event, it’s a process, and it is important to have collaboration,” SOCSD Superintendent David Lykins said. “I am really proud of how hard the principals worked taking ownership in their schools. They were very creative and met the demands.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 17, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • really

    The residents of Sedona should be ashamed of themselves. The treatment of it's school district and city employees is an embarrassment.

  • Steve Nippert

    The school district needs to make an honest effort at reducing their spending before asking for more money from hard working parents. Mingus has a part-time super...Why can't SOCUSD do the same? Why can't SOCUSD combine the athletic director/vice principal jobs? This is done all over the country! STOP THE WASTE then voters will vote accordingly!

  • Steve Nippert

    The solution is simple: Do what Mingus is doing. Duh!

  • check your facts

    I keep seeing these comments about how great Mingus is doing you do realize that Mingus is just the district for Mingus union high and Cottonwood Oak Creek takes care of elementary and middle school? Whereas Sedona Oak Creek takes care of elementary, middle school and high school.Mingus and cottonwood combined had 27.28 million funded to them whereas Sedona only had 15.1 million. teachers in cottonwood make more than the teachers in Sedona,the amount of students per teacher is higher in cottonwood higher than the recommended national average the dropout rate is higher in cottonwood. that is what you want for Sedona?high dropout rate separate school district for just the high school, higher paid teachers? If so than how about getting the funding for Sedona that Cottonwood gets.

  • Steve Nippert

    check your facts: Not sure where you came up with those numbers, but you are way off. My point is Sedona does nothing about the "top heavy" costs...Administrative salaries, mostly superintendent $$$, are 50% less at Mingus for the same number of students district wide. You have to work "within" your OWN budget! Sedona has not done that...

  • Steve Nippert

    Sedona has eliminated classes for students but kept salaries high for administration ....But they always are saying, "It's all for the kids"....Really?

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