The Past: Budget Cuts since 1993
1993-2007 Totals
FTE Positions cut: 614.87 - Amount: $52,355,296
20 Administrators cut from operating funds since 2000

Examples of cuts

  • 2001-02: 4-year-old elementary program, 5 elementary teachers, workshops and conferences
  • 2002-03: assistant superintendent, 8 clerical, increase SAGE* class size
  • 2003-04: staff development, moratorium on purchase of elementary learning materials
  • 2004-05: 20 elementary positions,13 custodians, 2 Talented and Gifted teachers, increased athletic fees
  • 2005-06: 8 custodians, 16 middle school teachers, Ready/Set/Go conferences
  • 2006-07: eliminated 4th grade strings, 18 clerical positions, increased textbook and activity fees, 23 teachers

The Present
 2007-8 Major Cuts

  • Eliminated SAGE/reduced class sizes in 7 schools
  • Increased class sizes from 15 to 23 for art, music and gym at SAGE* schools
  • Increased Lincoln 4/5 classes to 25:1
  • Increase staffing levels at both middle and high by .25 (class size increase)
  • Cut half of Athletic Directors - each covers 2 high schools
  • Special education cut by $2.1 million
  • Eliminated yellow busing for private schools and Spring Harbor and Wright
  • Moved alternative programs into Lapham and Marquette 
  • Reduced allocations for psychologists, social workers, reading specialist and English Language Learning

The Future?: Budget Cuts since 1993
Cuts considered this budget, but not made--these may be back (for the official district statement of future cuts, see here).

  • Athletics/Extra Curricular - Reduce number of sports (hockey, golf, wrestling) and club activities ($500,000)
  • Close Schools - Lapham, Marquette, Lindbergh, Sherman and others considered ($1,000,000+)
  • Further cuts to staff ratios - classroom teachers, Special Education, ESL
  • Facilities - Reduce custodial/trades ($500,000+) and maintenance ($500,000)
  • Reduce administrative staffing ($200,000)
  • Cut services - printing, transportation, grant writers, technology (1,000,000+)
  • Reduce psychologists (up to $2,000,000)
  • Reduce social workers (up to $2,500,000)
  • Reduce nurses (up to $1,000,000)
  • Cut learning coordinators, planners and professional development ($1,000,000+)
  • Decrease instructional materials and equipment by 20% ($570,000) 
  • Eliminate programs - Stress Challenge, Alternatives, Strings, Environmental Education (up to $3,800,000)

...within 3 years, making all of these cuts will likely not be enough to fill the gap caused by revenue caps.

For more information on budget cuts, see the CAST documnents: Budget Cuts Without a Referendum and Why a Recurring Referendum.

   

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