Following Levy Failure, Woodridge School Officials Eye Six-Figure Cuts
At a special Board of Education meeting on Friday night, Superintendent Walter Davis said the district will most likely begin with $600,000 in cost reductions.
During a special Board of Education meeting on Friday night, Superintendent Walter Davis said he will recommend that the board approve the elimination of 27 district positions, according to the Falls News Press.
The layoffs would go into effect by July 1 and save the district $535,000. Davis is also eying an additional $70,000 in cuts.
On the personnel side, he said all district administrators have agreed to a pay freeze and to up their health insurance contributions from seven percent to 10 percent, effective Aug. 1.
Subcommittees will be created to examine a pay-to-participate athletic program and will look at how to downsize school transportation.
Issue 10, the proposed 6.83 mill, five-year emergency levy failed on March 6 by 249 votes. It was set to raise $15 million in revenue to help close a $10.6 million budget gap that is expected to split open by 2016, according to the district’s five-year forecast.