The Lincoln, Kansas, school district is considering closing schools as part of a cost-cutting plan, and will not be offering free lunches or a vending machine, according to a letter obtained by FOX Sports.
The district will also close most of its libraries, including the former Lincoln Library and the Lincoln High School for the Arts, in order to cut costs, according the letter.
Schools in Lincoln will also be closed for the first time in the district’s history, including for the 2017-2018 school year.
According to the letter, the district has already reduced the number of staff, including a reduction of 1,200 full-time employees to 1,100 and 2,200 part-time workers, and the total number of students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade has dropped from 9,200 to 7,300.
“I think we need to start taking this into consideration and make sure that we’re doing everything possible to save money,” district superintendent Mike McCallum told FOX Sports on Wednesday.
“I think it’s just a matter of time, because it’s not going to get any easier.”
Lincoln Elementary School and the other elementary schools that closed will be replaced by charter schools.
The Lincoln Public Schools website states that all schools in the city are open, including Lincoln Middle School, Lincoln Middle High School, and Lincoln High Academy.
The letter from the Lincoln, KS school district said the district expects to begin the districtwide school closess on April 2 and that schools will reopen on April 15.
Lincoln High School will close for the 2016-2017 school year, according an April 27, 2017 letter from Lincoln Public School superintendent Jim Moseley.
Lincoln High has a combined enrollment of 1.3 million students, including 2,600 students enrolled at Lincoln Middle.
A district spokesperson told FOX News the district is currently conducting an inventory of its assets and has no specific plans to close any schools, including elementary schools.
But the district also released a statement on Wednesday confirming that Lincoln Middle has already closed and that Lincoln High will not reopen for the 2018-2019 school year as well.
The statement said that Lincoln will remain open for the remainder of the school year until March 31, 2019.