186 Votes to Close CCPA, Consolidate Schools
A lot of changes are coming to District 186 schools after the school board acted Monday night on budget cut recommendations.
The first votes came about three hours into the meeting at Lanphier High School.
The board moved first on budget recommendations from superintendent Dr. Walter Milton. They took more than $900,000 of Milton's proposed $6 million in cuts off the table. Elementary school librarians, IMSA, college coaches at area high schools, and middle school teaching positions are all safe.
The majority agreed to close the Capital College Preparatory Academy. That move will save the district $1.7 million.
"We are at the bone," Milton said during the meeting. "We really are. There's nothing else we can do at this juncture. We don't have resources somewhere waiting to get us out of this conundrum."
"I understand that you view your role in your communications area as essential," District 186 School Board member Lisa Funderburg said during the meeting. "We also view teaching and learning as essential."
The board also voted last night to move ahead with consolidating Wanless and Pleasant Hill elementary schools. This move will save a projected $226,000.
Milton warned that it's likely all of the cuts proposed may need to be made in the future. Board member Bill Looby also delivered some sobering news, telling the crowd the board would probably have to make the same amount of cuts for the following year's budget.
The next school board meeting is back in regular council chambers on Monday, February 18.