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Furloughs Coming to District 186 Central Office
A lot of new developments came out of Monday's District 186 School Board meeting. It even looks like parents will finally see a little of the reduction at the top they've been asking for.
First, the latest on the investigation into those leaked CCPA student test scores. In addition to the police investigation, the district is doing an administrative investigation. Police expect to release their findings this week--possibly Tuesday. A report won't come from the district office until after Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser determines if there will be charges.
The board moved onto reduction in force. Next year, 59 district positions will not be filled. Sixteen teachers will get layoff notices from the board.
"Take 16 students, multiply that by 30 students in a classroom," Springfield Education Association president Dan Ford said. "Multiply that by every year there's school, and the impact on our students. One of those 16 people might be the one person that makes a difference."
In his first meeting as interim superintendent, Bob Leming made an attention-grabbing statement.
"We're talking about five furlough days for cabinet members in the 13-14 school year, and to go along with that I'm proposing for myself to reduce my increase for this interim superintendence in half," Leming said.
He called it sharing in the pain and said the cabinet met early Monday to discuss the furloughs. Of the 16 teachers being reduced, Leming said almost all of them will be recalled in some capacity. They'll probably be re-assigned, but Leming said it is necessary to downsize staff and begin to make a dent in the district's $11 million budget deficit. The board was able to avoid additional layoffs because of nearly 35 retirements and people otherwise leaving the district.