$2.6M In Budget Cuts Proposed For Ball-Chatham Schools

The Superintendent of the Ball-Chatham School District is proposing more than $2.6 million in cuts to the District’s FY2014 operating budget.

On Monday Superintendent Carrie VanAlstine presented School Board members with a budget reduction plan that would eliminate two dozen non-teaching positions and freeze wages for administrators. Her proposal would reduce teaching staff at Glenwood High School by requiring that every instructor teach six class sections per year instead of five.

The Ball-Chatham Superintendent also hopes to save money next year by trimming extracurricular activity budgets and postponing the purchase of new school buses.

Athletic, textbook and transportation fees for students could also go up under the proposal, but that amount wasn’t specified Monday. Added revenue from fees, along with the cuts proposed this week, are designed to save the District up to 3 million dollars in fiscal year 2014 – it’s goal for a balanced budget.

Superintendent VanAlstine says in a letter to parents that the Ball-Chatham budget reserves are running out and it will be forced to borrow funds to make payroll.

She says the District is facing “unprecedented budgetary burdens directly attributed to the state’s financial problems”.

Ball-Chatham, like many school districts in Illinois, has seen a significant reduction in state funding, which officials say is partly to blame for its current deficit.

CLICK HERE to read the full FY2014 Budget Reduction Proposal (.pdf)

CLICK HERE to see a spreadsheet of proposed cuts (.pdf)

CLICK HERE to read Supt. VanAlstine’s letter to parents on proposed cuts (.pdf)

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