Midland, Odessa School Districts Ready for School Despite Budget Cuts

By Audrey Castoreno
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - When students walk through the doors for the new school year, they'll be seeing some big changes. That's after school budgets across Texas were slashed.

Teachers and Administrators are hard at work making last minute preparations before the desks are filled with students come Monday morning.

"When kids show up Monday, we're going to be ready for them and they're going to get the top of the line education program we can provide for them," David Garcia, with the Midland Independent School District, said.

"We feel like we're in pretty good shape. We feel like were positioned to start the New Year," Mike Adkins with the Ector Independent School District, said.

Both districts saw budget cuts slashed which caused them to reorganize several programs. The Gifted and Talented Program and Early Childhood Centers in MISD were reorganized as well as the Teen Parent Center and Family Education Center in ECISD.

However, they say they feel lucky they weren't forced to cut any teacher positions or to increase class sizes.

Teachers are also looking forward to the start of the year, but it's not without its changes.

"There have been some changes and were working through those. It's just a matter of adapting to them and being positive with them," Austin Elementary School Teacher, Randy McGuire, said.

Midland and Ector County School Districts want to assure parents those changes won't affect instruction in the classroom.

"This is going to be a challenging year all the way around but the goal is to make the kids successful and that's what we're going to achieve," Garcia said.

Those cuts at ECISD totaled about $16 million. In Midland, the cuts totaled about $10 million.

School begins for all Midland and Ector County students Monday, August 22nd.