Tuesday, January 25, 2011
District 202 administrators say more than $402,000 can be saved under the concept, which might also preserve classes with lower enrollment.
Consolidating high school courses would allow students more opportunities to take classes that could have otherwise been cut due to low enrollment, Plainfield School District 202 officials said Monday. Course consolidation is also expected to save more than $402,000 as the district works to eliminate a $6.7 million budget deficit. Glenn Wood, director of high school curriculum and instruction, said officials have been reviewing data from the past three years to find patterns that would make course consolidation natural and efficient. Officials have looked at what courses have been popular and which ones have been cancelled because of low enrollment. Among the courses to be consolidated include social studies, foreign language, art and …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
While the plans are not final, the board gave direction to the district superintendent, who will return with a revised deficit reduction proposal.
The Plainfield School District 202 board agreed Tuesday that a triple-tier busing schedule, changing the schools’ start and end times, should be implemented in the fall to potentially save $600,000. The board also agreed that some of Supt. John Harper’s budget cuts should be reinstated, saying that eliminating them would be a disservice to the district. At a special session, the board went through each of Harper’s recommendations to erase the district’s $6.7 million budget deficit. Harper presented his proposal in December, which called for cutting of about 112 full-time jobs, restructuring bus and school schedules, eliminating effective, but expensive programs, consolidating courses and restructuring some administration departments. Last …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Because expenses, including health insurance, keep going up, the deficit could be as high as $16.8 million by 2016.
In the next month, the Plainfield School District 202 board is expected to cut at least $6.7 million to erase the current deficit, but more cuts are going to be needed in the coming years. According to a financial planning presentation by PMA Financial Network, the district’s financial advisors, the district could see a deficit as high as $16.8 million by fiscal year 2016. Scott Smith, a senior financial advisor, presented the budget outlook at Monday’s school board meeting, one night before residents will be asked to give their input on the district's budget deficit elimination plan, which calls for the elimination of about 112 jobs to save about $7.5 million. In fiscal year 2012, the district is likely to see a $6.2 million deficit and …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Supt. John Harper has proposed $7.6 million in job cuts and other changes in order to created a balanced budget.
Residents will have at least one night to address the Plainfield School District 202 board on the proposed budget deficit elimination plan that Supt. John Harper presented in December. A special school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Plainfield High School – Central Campus Auditorium, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, for residents to give their input on the plan, which could cut about 112 jobs and restructure the bus schedule and schools hours. While Tuesday's meeting is the only one slated for a public hearing on the budget reduction plan, the school board could call additional meetings if it sees fit in the next two months, district spokesman Tom Hernandez said. This happened last year when seven hours of public testimony …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The public will have only one chance -- at a special Jan. 11 meeting -- to offer their input in person.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The Plainfield School District 2o2 board will meet seven times this month and next to discuss a $6.7 million deficit elimination plan, which may involve cutting 112 jobs and restructuring the bus schedule/school start times. The first meeting will be a closed session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the administrative center. The goal is to approve a final plan by Feb. 28. Members of the public will have just one chance -- on Jan. 11 -- to address the board in person, although comments can still be made through an online survey posted at the district's Web site, www.psd202.org. Nearly 3,000 comments, suggestions and ideas have already been posted since October. The board meeting schedule is: Jan. 4, 7 p.m. -- Special school board meeting to discuss…
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Other ideas are also on the table, including changing school start times, adjusting bus schedules and eliminating programs.
About 112 jobs would be cut to eliminate a $6.7 million budget deficit, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 Supt. John Harper told the school board Monday night. Harper's budget-slashing proposal, made at the request of the board, calls for the elimination of administrative, instructional and support staff positions, the restructuring of the administration department and the ending of two highly effective, yet very expensive intervention programs. Cutting the equivalent of 112 full-time positions would save the district about $7.55 million, Harper said. However, some of those jobs could be saved if the district were to adjust school hours and change bus schedules, he said. The creation of a "triple tier" busing system has…
Monday, December 6, 2010
Supt. John Harper to unveil his budget-cutting proposal at the Dec. 13 school board meeting.
The public will have its first chance to hear potential budget cuts at the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 meeting on Monday. Supt. John Harper will present his proposal to eliminate a $6.7 million deficit to the school board at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. The school board has directed Harper to come up with a budget plan that both eliminates the entire deficit in one year and also does not raise student extracurricular fees other than those fees that were already slated to be raised. Given that about 75 percent of the district's operating budget is salaries and benefits, it is likely that employees are going to be cut, district spokesman Tom Hernandez said…