Mahomet-Seymour schools looking to make big budget cuts
The Mahomet-Seymour School Board on Tuesday night will begin the process of cutting nearly $700,000 from the school district's budget.
By the end of this school year, the district says its education fund deficit will reach over $1 million. That's due to a lack of funding and grants from the state, slow growth in property values and rising expenses.
In order to trim the budget, the school board will consider eliminating several positions, including library assistants and grade school teachers. The district would also reduce the staff development budget by $50,000, among other items.
District Superintendent Keith Oates admits that the budget shortfall is a difficult situation for everyone. But he says the district is trying to make cuts while minimizing the harm to students.
Oates stresses that the proposed cuts are in the early stages, and much discussion will be needed before a plan is finalized. He says the last time the district made large cuts like the ones proposed now was in 2004.
The Mahomet-Seymour School Board will discuss the matter at its meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Middletown Early Childhood Center in Mahomet.