Dunlap school district making cuts to fix deficit

By WEEK Reporter

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM CDT

DUNLAP, Ill. -- Dunlap schools superintendent Jay Marino said he hopes a series of fee increases, reductions, and cuts will be a long term solution to the district's deficit problem.

The district is 2.1 million dollars in the red for the 2014-15 school year.

Marino said the deficit is a result of increased enrollment and decreasing property tax revenue.

The school district has released it's plan to the public which includes staff reductions, salary freezes, and the reduction of some elective courses.

"We tried to be diligent in looking at what cuts or reductions would have the least impact on student learning," said Marino. "We did make broad cuts across the board at all levels including the district making sure that no one particular area was targeted."

A public forum will be held on January 15th.

The proposed cuts can be viewed on the district's website at dunlapcusd.net