Mar 20, 2012 8:54 PM by Andy Koen
Budget cuts could force Colorado Springs School District 11 to eliminate as many as four dozen full-time teaching positions next year. Under a budget proposal up for consideration by the D11 board of education, all 48 Literacy Resource Teacher positions would be eliminated as the district attempts to close an $7-8 million shortfall in state funding.
District spokesperson Devra Ashby says the proposal wouldn't necessarily mean layoffs. She points out that between 100 and 200 positions come open within the district each year through attrition.
"We are hoping to place many of these LRT's into those open positions," Ashby said. "We are looking at this as more of a realignment of job positions."
The Literacy Resource Program was specifically created as part of a mill levy override approved by voters in 2000. As a result, Ashby says a super majority vote of the school board will be required to reallocate the money and eliminate the program.