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Surplus Announcement Shocks Parents In Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– Some parents in Douglas County want answers after learning about a surplus amid budget cuts.

The Douglas County School District is making cuts and adding fees because its faced with a budget deficit. But parents have learned about a surplus within the district totalling $66 million.

Parents are concerned because the district is still talking about making cuts.

The district said $40 million is already earmarked and more than $11 million was spent last year but committed to this year’s budget. That leaves a surplus of about $15 million.

The superintendent said with so many new students every year, saving money is a must.

“I believe we have a responsibility that we can cover the most normal emergency expenses without ever having to reduce our schools mid-year,” said Douglas Co. Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen.

Parents said they just want to make sure resources aren’t being taken away from students.

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