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Oswego

SD308 Board to continue budget cut talks Tuesday

The SD308 Board of Education will meet again next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Performing Arts Center at Oswego High School.
The SD308 Board of Education will meet again next Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Barnes Performing Arts Center at Oswego High School.

The SD308 Board of Education will continue its budget cut discussions in a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Oswego High School’s Barnes Performing Arts Center.

The district has been involved in discussions with committees, schools, administrators and parent groups regarding what programs to cut, and how to create or increase revenue in order to help the district reach its goal of $8 million to $10 million in budget cuts.

The district is anticipating a surplus of $1,792,169 for fiscal 2018, but if the district makes no cuts, the surplus will become a deficit of slightly more than $3 million.

If no cuts or changes are made by fiscal 2023, according to the district’s financial projections, the district’s year-end balance would show a $7.5 million deficit.

The board removed several items from the list of suggested cuts during its last meeting in December, including the elimination of 80 seven-hour-a-day elementary teaching assistants in favor of 80 three-hour lunch/recess assistants, and any reduction of reading and literacy specialists at the elementary and junior high levels.

Items that remain on the list include the reduction of district support staff, the option to turn more high school sports into co-op teams, and the elimination of free summer school transportation.

The administration will rank the remaining items by their impact on students on a scale of one to five, with a ranking of 1 as least impactful and a ranking of 5 as most impactful.

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