District 308 Superintendent Proposes Budget Cuts
Feb 28, 2017 07:47AM ● Published by Steven Jack
Dr. John Sparlin
School District 308 Superintendent John Sparlin presented a plan to cut a total of $3.6 million from the district's 2017-18 academic year budget to the School Board Monday evening.
Sparlin noted the district previously implemented $3.2 million in budget cuts for the current academic year. Those cuts included a reduction in departmental budgets and an administrative salary freeze.
He said the prior cuts were not one-year cuts, but reoccurring, so once they implement cuts for the 2017-18 year, the district will have reduced spending by nearly $8 million in two years without eliminating any programs.
- Student advancement placement exams will be paid by students--saving $220,000.
- Re-evaluate substitute usage for meetings--saving $50,000.
- Limit high school courses to seven per day--saving $350,000.
- High school level elective courses will run only if class size are 28 or greater--saving $700,000. (This cut was discussed as developing programs still have low enrollment. The board decided to look into this item further.)
- Junior high and high school classes use 32 students as a guide for class sizes, up from 30--saving $500,000.
- Elementary level-K-2 use 25 as guide for class size, now 28, and grades 3-5 uses 28 as a guide for class size, and will now use 30--savings $1.2 million.
- Institute “no pay, no play.” Students must pay school fees to participate in extra curricular activities--saving $140,000.
- Renegotiate electrical contracts--saving $235,000.
- Field trips costs will be incurred by students--saving $190,000
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