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|Administrator Clarifies Proposed District 205 Cuts -- LINKS TO PLAN AVAILABLE HERE
|An administrator in the Galesburg School District says he feels like he's already being beaten up over a proposed plan to make what some would call cuts to the district's budget, but what he would much rather you call "job savings."
District-205 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill, in an interview he requested with WGIL, says he feels people are focused on that part of the proposals to slash $2.5 million from next fiscal year's budget that would see numerous job cuts in various levels, if other changes aren't made instead.
Cahill tells WGIL jobs are the last thing he wants to cut. "We draw a line between those things we're asking the board to first consider and those things to consider last," Cahill said. "The things we're asking (the board) to consider last are those programs such as preschool and the like, programs that affect the teachers in the classroom and our kids and their long-term student achievement."
So instead of asking the board to cut, he's asking the District-205 Board to do any of a myriad of other things, like implementing an extra-curricular activity participation fees, a four-day class week during the winter months, and other things.
Cahill says, however, it's important to note that none of these changes would have to be considered if the state wasn't behind $2-million owed to District 205 this year, and has built education spending around federal economic stimulus dollars that are about to run out.
Cahill will discuss his proposal at Monday night's Galesburg School Board meeting.
To read more about the district's proposed budget "adjustments," CLICK HERE for the plan, and CLICK HERE for an attachment to that document (both links PDF documents).
|02 06 10 by Newsroom
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