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LPS facing $5M shortfall

LAWTON, Okla._Lawton Public Schools is facing some tough decisions in the next few weeks as they address a budget shortfall of about $5 million for next year.

That's what Lawton Public Schools Superintendent Tom Deighan told the school board Monday at their regularly scheduled meeting. Deighan said they anticipated a much smaller shortfall, based on the district's declining enrollment. But, they did not anticipate the fallout from the state's budget dilemma, and now face sharper cuts in their funding.

"These won't be easy decisions. We're looking at some options, and it won't be easy for us as a district. But the important thing is we're going to do everything we can to preserve and protect student services in the classroom, and we're going to do everything we can to make sure it's equitable and fair for everyone,” Deighan said.

Deighan says the step increases in salary for faculty and staff were already built into their budget, and won't be affected. The board will take a closer look at their options at their next meeting on May 19th.

The board also decided to put two vacant buildings up for sale: Jackson Elementary and the former professional development center.

Deighan said they hope to sell those properties this summer.

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