The West Des Moines School District board had the unenviable task of cutting several million dollars from its budget for the next year.
The district needs to cut $3.6 million from its 2014-15 budget. It’s the ninth-largest school district in the state and certainly one of the wealthiest, but it also has some unique problems that make this budget deficit very difficult to deal with.
“We’re not the same West Des Moines I grew up with,” West Des Moines School Board President Elizabeth Brennan said.
“Our demographics are significantly changing. We’re a landlocked district so we’re not getting any new students, in fact, we’re losing students. In public education that’s the whole ball game. If you’re losing students, you’re losing funding.”