Mar 25, 2010 7:57 PM by Matt Stafford
Staff cuts weren't an easy decision for school board president Danielle Lindorf, but a unanimous one for the D-49 school board.
"There is always a concern, that we're not meeting the needs of our students and it's always a reassessment whether or not we are," Lindorf says, talking about upcoming cuts that her district is being forced to make. They aren't alone; school districts across the country have similar budgeting issues.
Now the resources to reach out to those students will be less, with 92 jobs being cut in the district, but they hope shuffling personnel will prevent layoffs.
"We expect that the majority of our staff will be reemployed in other positions," explains Mary Guinn, Deputy Superintendent for D-49.
With many teachers moving from specialty positions to focus on core subjects, some parents are concerned that may lessen their child's comprehensive education. However, district officials say months of planning will save subjects like art, music, phys ed and even Spanish and technology.
"For the most part, those are not the positions that we will not be able to cover." Guinn says.
The new staffing plan is expected to save around $5 million in the 2010 - 2011 budget, but that only goes so far, they still need to make more cuts.
"We really are only given a certain amount of resources and we have to do the best with what we have." Lindorf says.
Right now, they're trying to make that last.
Lindorf says they still need to cut 2 or 3 million more from the 2010 - 2011 budget. However, they don't expect those cuts to come from jobs.
Looking down the road, it doesn't look like there is time for a sigh of relief. Board members expect more cuts for the 2011 2012 budget.
The district has more information about these cuts on their website. You can navigate to it by clicking here.