A public presentation on 's proposed 2011-12 budget, projected to have a $5.48 million deficit in the education fund, will be held Monday.
John Prince, assistant superintendent for business and operations, will make the presentation at a special school board meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the district’s administrative center, 15732 Howard St., Plainfield.
While numbers can change before the public hearing on the budget, current projections show about $199.6 million in revenue and about $205 million in expenditures.
The school board has not discussed publicly or reached any decision on how to erase the shortfall and has made no decisions on whether to cut more jobs or programs.
Since March 2009, the district has eliminated about 260 full-time equivalent positions in order to save $33 million, district spokesman Tom Hernandez said.
In 2009, the district cut the equivalent of 86 full-time positions, which including 66 certified teachers and non-teaching staff, six administrative positions, 12 union support staff and two non-union support staff.
In 2010, 159 full-time equivalent positions were cut, including five administrative, 60 teachers, eight non-teaching certified staff, and 86 support staff.
This year, the district eliminated 12 Reading Recovery specialists and 15 differentiation specialists as the district moved to different models to teach struggling readers and gifted students.
The school board also opted to use $5.7 million in federal stimulus funds to save more than 80 jobs that were to be eliminated to reduce the deficit. The federal grant was a one-time source of revenue, and the district will not receive the stimulus funds again.
In addition to cutting positions, the district has taken other cost-savings measures in recent years, Hernandez said. Among these are reducing building and department budgets, freezing administrators’ salaries, making administrators pay more toward health care expenses and consolidating bus routes to save on transportation costs.
The proposed 2011-12 budget can be viewed on the district Web site, www.psd202.org.
In addition to Monday’s budget meeting, the school board will hold a public hearing at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 21 and will vote on the budget at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. All meetings will take place at the administrative center.