Any budget cuts to the Ponca City Schools will likely come in the secondary levels according to Superintendent Dr. David Pennington.
Pennington says that Ponca City can’t cut anymore at the elementary school level. Class sizes at the elementary level exceed 20 students in many schools. Although no official announcements have been made in regard to cuts, Pennington stated that any cuts will mainly come at the secondary school level.
He went on to add that next year, secondary classes will look much more like larger districts in Jenks, Owasso and Broken Arrow where teachers daily see from 150-160 students. Beginning cuts will come from classes that are offered that do not have a large enrollment. Those have yet to be identified. “I don’t like it but like most school districts there will be cuts”, Dr. Pennington stated after last weeks March Board of Education meeting.
Newstalk 1230 and KQSN Sunny 104.7 will update Ponca City on the latest as we work toward the end of 2016 and the beginning of the next school year.