Dist. 186 School Board Considers FY2014 Budget Options

Parents and teachers in Springfield’s public schools continue to voice concerns about the $7.6 million in recommended cuts to District 186’s FY2014 budget.

During Monday night’s School Board meeting, those affected by the cuts defended multiple line items in the budget, including programs at Iles School and the Capital College Preparatory Academy (details on specific cuts below).

Members of the District’s Community Budget Review Committee agree with roughly half of Superintendent Milton’s proposed reductions, but offered up other cuts as alternatives to those they oppose, such as the elimination of certified teaching positions.  David Milling is Chair of the Budget Review Commitee:

MILLING: “I guess we’re just just challenging you guys to think outside the box, come up with more ideas that will keep more teachers in the classroom than what’s being proposed.” 

Most proposed cuts would affect middle school programs in the District. The school board has until the first week in February to agree on a budget plan before adopting it in June.

LINKS:

Dist. 186 Community Budget Review Committee Findings (.pdf)

Presentation – Community Budget Review Committee Findings (.ppt)

Dist. 186 Superintendent of School Walter Milton’s FY2014 Budget Proposal (.pdf)

Recommended Reductions by Community Budget Review Committee

  • Close CCPA $ 1,700,000.00
  • Transfer Iles Middle School to Franklin $ 100,000.00
  • Eliminate 6th grade at Ball Charter $ 273,000.00
  • Consolidate 2 elementary schools into Feitshans $ 435,000.00
  • Pay people at the proper pay grade $ 77,000.00
  • Elimination of certificated support staff $790,000
  • Elimination of non-certificated support staff $ 1,000,000.00

Subtotal $ 4,375,000.00

Recommended Cuts from Dr. Milton and Cabinet

  • Assistant Director of Ops and Maintanence $ 58,900.00
  • Director of Ops will be replaced by Assistant Director $ 33,000.00
  • Bricklayer/laborer winter layoffs $ 62,000.00
  • TIL’s $ 306,000.00
  • Volunteer Coordinator $ 47,000.00

Subtotal $ 506,900.00

High Schools

  • LHS-retiring assistant principal $ 109,000.00
  • Administrative Interns-6 $ 305,000.00
  • Post Secondary Coaches-3 $ 63,000.00
  • Truancy Interventionists-3 $ 100,000.00
  • High School Custodians $ 110,000.00
  • Security (not out of Ed Fund) $ –

Subtotal $ 687,000.00

Middle School

  • Admin. Interns $ 255,000.00

Subtotal $ 255,000.00

Elementary Schools

Subtotal $ –

Programs

  • Alternative Programs $ 457,000.00
  • Athletic-Reduce Budget $ 110,000.00
  • Freshman Forward $ 41,000.00
  • IMSA $ –
  • Lawrence Ed Center $ 88,000.00

Subtotal $ 696,000.00

Other

  • Special Ed. 13.5 positions $ 441,400.00
  • Extended Contract Positions reduced to 5 days $ 125,000.00
  • Reduce # of days for teaching assistants $ 98,400.00
  • Reduce school and office supplies $ 125,000.00
  • Superintendants misc. allotment $ 7,000.00
  • Textbooks $ 300,000.00

Subtotal $ 1,096,800.00

TOTAL REDUCTIONS $ 7,616,700.00

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3 Responses to Dist. 186 School Board Considers FY2014 Budget Options

  1. Pingback: Dist. 186 School Board Considers FY2014 Budget Options (12/18/12) | 186 School Board Watch

  2. Angelica Salazar says:

    According to Mr. Milling’s school board presentation, the savings from closing Iles Middle school are uncertain and could be minimal. Why consider closing a program that is ranked #6 in the state if that is the case? Doesn’t having both Franklin and Iles as two very strong middle schools strengthen our school district and make it more attractive to families who are moving into the area?

  3. In March 2012, Dr. Milton recommended reassigning 11 district administrative interns back into the classroom: a projected saving of $627,000. Lisa Funderburg, Candace Mueller, Nick Stoutamyer, and Susan White all voted against this recommendation & thus it failed.
    http://openschoolboard.org/2012/04/09/11-11-approval-of-a-resolution-for-reduction-in-the-number-of-certificated-administrative-interns/

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