Layoffs possible in Omaha Public Schools district

Omaha, NE – Omaha Public Schools officials say state projections for aid to schools mean layoffs are possible.

Assistant Superintendent Dennis Pool updated the district's budget situation during a school board committee meeting Monday. $31 million in state aid to schools was cut last November during a special legislative session. Federal economic stimulus money was used to boost the state aid to Nebraska's schools.

Pool says when that funding ends, OPS stands to lose $26 million in state aid in the 2011-2012 budget year. The so-called SFSF funding made up 15 percent of the state aid schools received this fiscal year.

Between 80 and 85 percent of the Omaha Public Schools' budget pays for employees.

OPS officials hope some staff cuts can be made through attrition and leaving open positions vacant.