©2011 Galesburg Broadcasting Co.
|Knoxville May Save Pre-School Despite Budget Woes
|The superintendent of the Knoxville School District says state budget cuts or not, there's one program he wants to save, while at least one board member doesn't quite see it that way.
On Wednesday, District-202 Superintendent Larry Carlton proposed a laundry list of fee increases and cuts in next year's budget if, as he projects, a $650,000 cut in general state aid is realized as part of a double-digit percentage cut in state education spending.
Carlton is looking at cutting some teachers and teachers aides, not utilizing summer help, cutting some sports that don't make the district money, and raising a number of fees in order to help cut the shortfall.
But one cut Carlton says he doesn't want to make is to the district's pre-school program, even if state funding is never received.
"I am still recommending to the board...pre-school is a very valuable education experience for our kids," Carlton said. "Yes, it's $57,000, and you're seeing other districts in the area drop their pre-school programs. And I strongly urge the board to take a look at it, and continue to offer it."
But board member John Putnam, who arrived at Wednesday night's meeting after Carlton made his presentation, says he thinks pre-school is expendable.
"To me, it's almost an even trade-off," Putnam said. "You can keep all the aides, or you can keep the pre-school and get rid of all the aides. It's almost dollar-for-dollar. And, we don't know if that (pre-school) funding is coming through."
The $57,000 Carlton mentioned pays for the one teacher, transportation, and other program expenses, and because of a transfer, a new teacher would have to be hired next year.
The District-202 board will vote on all the proposed cuts and budget changes next month.
|03 18 10 by Newsroom
Click here for the WGIL News Archive
Click here for national news
The following provision applies to all visitors (which shall include persons and representatives of legal entities, whether such representatives are persons or digital engines of a kind that crawls, indexes, scrapes, copies, stores or transmits digital content). By accessing this Web site or digital service, you specifically acknowledge and agree that: (i) Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium; (ii) No Associated Press materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and non-commercial use; (iii) The Associated Press will not be held liable for any delays, inaccuracies, errors or omissions therefrom or in the transmission or delivery of all or any part thereof or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing; (iv) The Associated Press is an intended third party beneficiary of these terms and conditions and it may exercise all rights and remedies available to it; and (v) The Associated Press reserves the right to audit possible unauthorized commercial use of AP materials or any portion thereof at any time.