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District 210 Preparing to Make Budget Cuts for Next School Year

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is expected to make as much as $2.5 million in cuts to teachers, administrators and other costs.

Lincoln-Way High School District 210 is preparing to cut as much as $2.5 million from its budget next year, Superintendent Lawrence Wyllie said.

Wyllie said the district has not received any categorical payments from Illinois this fiscal year and is owed roughly $2.5 million by the state. The proposed reductions were approved by the district's Board of Education at its Jan. 27 meeting.

Reductions include:

  • Eliminating six administrative positions (three because retirements)
  • Eliminating 10 to 12 teaching positions (eight because of retirements)
  • Requiring coordinators of student activities, instructional technologists and asset coordinators to teach two classes each
  • Reducing the writing center hours and number of reading aides and math assistants
  • Restructuring dean assignments
  • Restructuring summer school assignments
  • Eliminating the media center and ROTC chairs

Wyllie said final decisions have not yet been made on which personnel will be eliminated, pending final enrollment numbers for next year.

The district has already cut four administrative positions, 50 teaching positions, 13 support staff positions, two maintenance positions and 11 coaching positions over the past two years, according to a release. In addition, the to balance last year's budget. 

Wyllie said he anticipates eventually creating an expenditure budget through which the district would no longer rely on categorical payments from the state of Illinois.

"It's difficult, because (the state is) supposed to reimburse us for things they require us to do," he said.

But Wyllie said he foresees better news coming down the line. By the 2012-13 school year, the superintendent said he hopes the economy will have improved and in doing so, cause an increase in home building that will bring revenue through property taxes.

"We all know the economy is picking up," he said. "Will it be roaring again by then? I don't know."

Kim McAuliffe February 21, 2011 at 03:32 PM
WE moved here from crestwood because we wanted the great schools that we have here at Lincoln way! The teachers are exceptional & the schools are safe neat & clean. I never have to worry about the safety of my son. Hello listen up State Of Illinois!!! Make your payments to our schools & quit misapproprating our state funds! Kim Mc:)
DRK February 21, 2011 at 04:11 PM
No mention of cutting King Wyllies obscene salary and perks! That would be a good place to start!
Jon soehren February 21, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Wasnt the Lottery suppose to take care of all the schools needs for money? At least thats what i remember the reason for the lottery was. But didnt they just exchange tax dollars for Lottery dollars.........................
dan vainisi February 21, 2011 at 08:18 PM
WE NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE, JUST BECAUSE THE POLITICIANS DON'T KNOW HOW TO MANAGE OUR MONEY [TAX PAYERS] WHEN THEY BECOME OVER DRAWN ALL THEY DO IS TO RAISE OUR TAXES AGAIN TO COVER THERE DOWN FALL LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE PAYING. IT'S ALL WRONG TO MUCH WASTE AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN, TOO MUCH GOVERMENT TOO MANY POLITICIANS LET'S START THERE, DOWN SIZING THERE AND THEN LETS LOOK AT THE REST.
SAP February 21, 2011 at 08:25 PM
If all of these schools didn't overspend in the first place and if they would have saved a little money each year, they wouldn't have to cut make budget cuts. In junior high they teach students how to save & manage money- too bad grown adults can't to the same. I was always taught that you can not rely on what you think you are going to get in the future- when you have some extra money you need to save it for emergencies such as losing a job, an accident, or an illness. It's common sense these days that you can't rely on anyone but yourself!
Kyle Flannagan February 22, 2011 at 09:49 PM
What about the OUTRAGEOUS TEACHER SALARIES/ RAISES in this down economy ??? WAKE UP !!!! http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php
N Yan February 23, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Just sell off his office!
Concerned Taxpayer March 16, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Yeah, wouldn't it be nice if the state paid what it was supposed to towards education instead of diverting those funds elsewhere?

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