Dunlap parents and teachers asking for alternatives

By WEEK Reporter

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 11, 2014 at 12:37 AM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill -- Dunlap parents and teachers came together once again to voice their concern over a proposal that could cut 19 full time teaching jobs.

The Dunlap School district is trying to solve a 2.1 million dollar deficit for the 2014-15 school year.

A Proposal to fix the deficit relies about 85% on staff salaries and benefits.

Teachers at Monday night's meeting said the consequences of losing those jobs could mean increased class sizes and a decrease in the quality of education.

They are asking the school board to consider using reserve funds to fix the deficit.

"Right now to just eliminate those teaching positions to save the money is not the course of action we would recommend," said co-president of the Dunlap Educational Association John Allison. "We would truly recommend using those reserves to get us through this situation and give our community, give our stakeholders to think of other possible remedies."

School board members said using reserves funds now would put them in the same or worse situation in the near future.

No official action will be taken on staff reductions until late March.