Grassroots campaign launched to “Bridge the Gap” for Bixby Public Schools
Bixby Public Schools is facing budget cuts of approximately $1.7 million for the 2016-2017 school year. That equates to approximately $202 less revenue per student from the State. As a result, a group of parents and citizens joined efforts with the Bixby Educational Endowment Foundation (BEEF) to form the BEEF “Bridge the Gap” (BTG) campaign.
Bridge the Gap’s goal is to make whole the predicted loss of state funding to Bixby Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Kyle Wood said, “With the number of students we have in our district, we set a goal of raising $202 for each student in the district and that will get us back our $1.7 million dollars and bridge the gap and make us stronger.”
All donations are tax deductible, as BEEF is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and will flow directly to the general fund for all school sites. Checks made out to “Bridge the Gap Bixby” are being accepted at our school sites and online donations can be made on the website www.bridgethegapbixby.com.
Bixby Public Schools recently passed a bond issue, but money from bonds go to distinctly different purposes that State funding. District spokeswoman Dee Harris said, “Bond money can be used for capital improvements, technology, instructional materials and approved expenditures outlined on the bond issue. Bond money cannot be used for salaries, benefits, perishable supplies or general fund expenses. Eighty-nine percent of Bixby Public School's budget goes towards employee salaries. This is one of many reasons that the District is feeling the affects of what we believe will be a 1.7 million dollar shortfall of funds from the Legislature.”
In addition, a social media challenge has been launched, “Challenging you to do the $202” and write a check or something else associated with the numbers 202. In addition, a social media challenge has been launched, “Challenging you to do the 202” and write a check or something else associated with the numbers 202. For more information visit Bridge the Gap Bixby on Facebook and Instagram
CONTACT: Dee Harris
CONTACT: Tristy Fryer
Telephone: (918) 805-1995