CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township School District 206 board members this week approved reductions in the number of teachers, paraprofessionals and education support personnel for the 2013-14 school year.
The first move authorizes the dismissal and nonrenewal of probationary teachers. Probationary teachers are first- and second-year teachers who have not reached tenure yet.
“Through attrition, we will not have to replace six probationary teachers next year,” Superintendent Lennell Navarre told the School Board on Monday. “This will help us reduce the budget deficit that we have been aiming to shrink.”
The second move authorizes a reduction in force for certified tenured teachers.
“We are going to use attrition to reduce our faculty number by one,” Navarre said.
The third step authorizes the dismissal and nonrenewal of paraprofessionals and education support personnel.
Navarre said five paraprofessionals will not return. In addition, the paraprofessionals have agreed to a two-year salary freeze.
“Everyone is contributing to helping us get our expenses in line with our reduced revenue,” Navarre said.
Navarre said the class size — 28 students per class — would not increase next year. All Advanced Placement classes will still be offered, and students will not see a difference in scheduling.
The district finance committee reviewed the current 2013-14 school year budget looking for ways to reduce a $10 million deficit. A reduction in the number of personnel would help reduce the deficit.
Last month the board established a policy to reduce the deficit by 1 percent with the 2013-14 budget, 2 percent with the 2014-15 budget, and 3 percent with the 2015-16 budget.
Earlier this year the Illinois Legislature announced it would reduce the amount of state money being given to District 206 from 89 percent of the projected state aid to 80 percent. District Treasurer Rob Grossi told Navarre the state may short the district $2.6 million from the original amount that was to be paid during the year.