DANVILLE — School officials have decided to cut one less certified position next school year.
A few days after announcing a plan to cut 25 positions in response to the district's declining revenues, Superintendent Mark Denman said Friday that school administration officials have decided that they will be able financially to retain the Work Experience and Career Exploration Program teacher at Danville High School. The district and Danville Education Association met Thursday night for impact bargaining of the proposed cuts. Denman said they will meet again next week for the same purpose.
Denman said that drops the total number of positions to be cut to 24, and most of those will be achieved through attrition, he said, as there are more than 35 certified staff retiring this year as well as 16 non-certified staff. The reduction plan also includes almost $1 million in savings through reductions in maintenance costs, capital expenditures and service cuts in the areas of buildings and grounds, food services and technology, for a total projected savings of $3 million next year.
The district is anticipating a $2.4 million deficit at the end of the current budget year, and expects more drastic reductions in state aid next year. After comments from Gov. Pat Quinn this week, concerning education funding, Denman said the district is now projecting an 18 percent, or roughly $5.3 million, reduction in general state aid next year and an 81 percent, or $1.2 million, reduction in transportation funding next year.
Denman said the Danville school board will consider the district's reduction plan at its March 13 meeting, and with board approval, district officials will begin the work of actually determining which employees will be cut. District officials anticipate that more than half of the positions will be cut through attrition with roughly 11 being actual cuts in personnel. District officials said those employees will be identified through a combination of performance, seniority and position.
Then, the school board will consider the actual reduction-in-force list at a special meeting on March 20.