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School Board Cuts 17 Positions

Staff reduction the result of declining elementary school enrollment.

The Plainfield School District 202 board cut the equivalent of 17 full-time elementary certified positions on Monday due to declining enrollment.

The board approved the cuts by a vote of 5-2, with board members Michael Kelly and Eric Gallt voting against the plan.

The eliminated positions, which take effect in the fall, are expected to save about $1.1 million, district spokesman Tom Hernandez said.

The cuts will be across the district’s elementary schools, where enrollment is projected to be down by about 340 students for the 2012-13 school year. Exact building-level staffing is still to be determined based on actual enrollments.

Both middle school and high school enrollment continues to increase districtwide as the children of young families who moved into the Plainfield area during the housing boom grow up, Hernandez said.

Because of the weakened economy and unstable housing market, the Plainfield area has not seen a large influx in families with young children, he said.

Next fall, middle school enrollment is expected to increase by 21 students, while high school enrollment is projected to rise by about 242 students.

The staff cuts are among 361 full-time equivalent positions that have been eliminated since March 2009, as the district attempts to balance its budget while dealing with unstable state funding and high rates of foreclosures during the recession.

concernedresident March 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM
God bless you MidwestGal, my head is still spinning from that vile that Jim spewed. He's just looking for his 3 month vacation coming up while you and I slave away at our non pension funding jobs.
Plainfield Conservative March 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The lottery monies DID go to education, as promised. Where the problem comes in is that we were all baffooned (a/k/a "tricked) into thinking that the approval of the lottery meant that more money was going to shore up education and/or help take the burden off the already overtaxed taxpayer. Instead, what they did was take the money that we originally going towards education (prior to the lottery) and replace it with lottery funds making it a lateral move. Lord only knows where the original money went, but we can only surmise that, like everything else, it went to shore up the salaries and pension accounts for elected officials or the unions who help get them elected.
Marie March 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
My daughter is only in kindergarten and I can't believe how this school district is ran! They eliminated reading recovery, great! I was told by her teacher that the state if Illinois is slated for an all day kindergarten curriculm, but since Plainfield is one of the rare districts to still have half day, the children must cram a whole days work in just under three hours. And it's because the district has no money. Yet my child is struggling because she is being rushed in class. Can you believe a kindergartner saying she hates school? No time for snack or recess! Unbelieveable. Plus, they did away with the teacher aides, so they have parents volunteer. I found out that one of the volunteers in my daughters class has a criminal background! Don't they even do a background check on these helpers? They should at least if they're consistent. We pay almost $10k a year in property taxes and our home is worth about $100k less then what we built it for 6 years ago. Raising more taxes in this economy is not the answer! But an over haul to the adminstration is defiately due!!
BD April 02, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Vacation ... really. You could have become a teacher. It's not a 7-4 job, teachers plan at night, grade at night, continue their own education. In the summers, many teachers take a second job, take extra classes or spend time with their own children. Teachers don't get to see their own kids on their first day of school. Teacher's (rarely) don't get to go on field trips and events at their childrens schools. They don't get to be a "room parent" and help out at the holiday parties and watch the halloween parades at their children's school. It's a shame that teachers are not more respected. They prepare children for their futures - for life after school. If you think you can do better, by all means! 202 has dedicated teachers and administrators at the building level. "Do more with less" - it effects everyone across the board. You belittle a teacher because they have a pension, I am confident that most new teachers don't get into education because of the pension. Your views are disappointing -
Holly April 02, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I wonder how many of the children who are struggling in school come from homes that believe it's only the schools job to teach their children. Parents think they are too busy with their own lives to read to their children. Reading Recovery? Do YOUR job as a parent. Turn off the slime on TV and read to your kids.

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