Cuts in staffing for District 87 draw closer

By Beau Ebenezer

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- District 87 is taking a deeper look into cuts they will be making in the coming months.

It's part of their deficit reduction strategy that is aiming at a $3 million deficit.

District 87's strategy will be looking to reduce and eliminate $1.5 million worth of programs and personnel for the next school year alone.

The strategy will cut almost $300,000 in staffing at Bloomington High School for the 2013-2014 school year. The junior high will see a reduction of around $280,000 in staffing, as well.

However, some members of the Bloomington Education Association feel the plan is one-sided.

"In times of deficit, you have to make cuts. I was just here tonight to ask that the cuts be equitable across the board. Specifically, I'm talking about certified staff to administration. When we look at this plan, we do not see administrative cuts that we think could be made to spare a few more certified teacher positions," said President of Bloomington Education Association Rich Baldwin.

Some of these reductions will effect physical education, guidance, and foreign language programs. Extracurricular staff will also see some cuts including the high school football program.

The Board will meet for the last time on February 27. The actual reductions will be enforced on March 13.

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