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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.

 

In light of last week's , officials will soon have to decide on what costs to carve out from its unsteady budget.

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.

Adam C. Miller March 13, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Only 6 figures...?
Eric Eisentraut March 13, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Cut: Look at the top - almost $900,000 in administration salaries. How about a 10% pay cut at the top. This would save $90,000 Class Size - Student/Teacher ratio is 16-1. How about increasing this to 20-1, much could be saved here. These are just some easy suggestions.

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