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March 5, 2013

Denman outlines proposed cuts

D118 needs to save $3M

DANVILLE — Faced with a significant decrease in revenue, Superintendent Mark Denman on Tuesday morning unveiled a list of proposed cuts and other recommendations that would save the Danville School District $3 million in the next fiscal year.

“This is a very painful thing because we already have a tightly run budget,” Denman said. “We want to keep our programs going, but we’ll be losing some talented employees, and only doing emergency repairs will really hurt.

“We want to provide as many opportunities as we can for the boys and girls, but there are events outside of our control,” he said, alluding to the steady decline in revenue.

“It falls on me so our future isn’t mortgaged,” he said. “It’s the most fair and balanced approach to the challenge we have.”

The list includes a proposed reduction of 25 positions through attrition, retirements and a reduction-in-force (RIF). Eleven certified personnel would be part of the 14 RIFs.

“These are our recommendations,” Denman said. “The board will have to approve these later this month or at a later date.”

The school board will next meet on March 13; however, Denman indicated a special meeting might be called around March 20 to approve the final cuts and possible RIFs.

The proposed cuts are:

  • Eliminate the two school administration managers (SAMs), one each at North Ridge and South View middle schools.
  • Eliminate 14 elementary school teachers, eight of whom would be through attrition: 11 classroom teachers, one special education teacher, one music teacher and one physical education teacher.
  • Eliminate three middle school teachers, two of which would be through attrition: one art teacher, one computer teacher and one math coach.
  • Eliminate six high school teachers, four of whom would be through attrition: one credit recovery teacher, one math teacher, one science teacher, one physical education teacher, one Work Experience and Career Exploration Program teacher and one business teacher.

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