District looks at cuts for next year

By Anna Carrera

Published 03/14 2014 05:56PM

Updated 03/14 2014 06:21PM

DANVILLE -- A lack of school funding across the state isn't getting any better. Now another central Illinois district is trying to make ends meet. The Danville school board may need to make cuts in the upcoming school year. Board members are looking at several options.

The good news is that they're not looking to cut any teachers. But they may need to let go of ten people at other places around the district. That could include seven teaching assistants, two instructional coaches and a para-professional position. Danville superintendent Mark Denman says they also had an unexpected resignation from a family liaison. They'll leave that position open.

Denman says the biggest issue they're facing is not getting the money they should from the state. That makes up half of their budget. The district has missed out on $3 million each of the past two years.

"That totals six million dollars that could have gone to the boys and girls of our school district to improve their education," said Denman. "And we're just one of 860-some school districts."  

The board hopes to get a school improvement grant from the federal government. They got one last year. For that to happen, the board and Danville's Education Association need to come to an agreement. Denman says he's hopeful that will work out as well.

Even though losing ten positions is more than they'd like, Denman says those people could still be brought back. The board plans to vote on the cuts at the meeting next month.

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