School funding needs in DeSoto County

School funding needs are a problem in Mississippi. School funding is a problem that's become an emotional issue. Especially since right now the Mississippi legislature is considering a plan that would cut 10 to 15-million dollars from the DeSoto County School's next budget. Milton Kuykendall, DeSoto Co. Superintendent said, "The proposed budget cuts this year is three times greater than the budget cuts last year." The possibility of losing up to $15-million in state funding has everyone from the superintendent to students and even parents worried about the impact. Parent David Nordwall said, "And these are our young children and these people are our future so that's cutting our future." Compounding DeSoto Schools money problems are the annual transportation bill and the rising cost of gasoline. "As of yesterday we have spent $523,000 on fuel." Fuel not just for buses but for other school vehicles. "This is not the time to give us a budget cut, but that type of budget cut would cripple any school district." And despite projected budget shortfalls DeSoto County School officials are pledging to not cut classes, staff and programs. However students we talked to are afraid something "will" have to give. Lindsey Ford, Olive Branch H.S. Senior said, "It would take out of special events that could happen at our school." Right now DeSoto County School officials and parents are mounting letter writing, phone and e-mail campaigns aimed at encouraging legislators to fully fund Mississippi school systems and not cut any money earmarked for next year. Parent Tammy Long said, "Yeah, cause probably my kid could lose something that they need." And here are three other things that could add to DeSoto County School's money problems. First, teachers have been promised an 8% raise. Second, hundreds of additional students are expected to join the school district next year. And thirdly, DeSoto County is expecting this year's school budget to increase to $150-million.