Kaneland cuts $3.1 million from budget
by Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved $3.1 million in cuts to next year’s budget, and there is more to come. The round of approved cuts are considered phase one of a multi-phase plan to address a budget deficit that is expected to range between $2.6 million and close $5 million.
The administration advised the board at its Feb. 22 meeting that the district could experience up to $2.2 million in reductions in state funding, which would add to the already-existing $2.6 million budget shortfall.
Phase-one cuts not only addressed the initial $2.6 million deficit, but began to address the additional shortfall. The additional cuts include a wage freeze for all administrative and non-union staff and delaying the purchase of any new technology within the district.
Associate Superintendent Jeff Schuler noted that the cuts in personnel in phase one will not translate into current teachers losing their jobs, due to 11 teachers retiring at the end of this school year.
Schuler said that the phase-one cuts would not result in increased class sizes.
The vote was 7-0 to approve the cuts, with School Board President Lisa Wiet making the motion â€œwith regret.â€
Phase One Budget Reduction Plan
â€¢ Cuts 23 positions
â€” 10.6 certified (teaching) positions
â€” 9.5 support positions
â€” 2 administrative positions
â€¢ Elimination of fifth grade band
â€¢ Replacement of middle school competi-
tive sports with intramural sports
â€¢ Elimination of 11 high-school clubs
â€¢ Elimination of 10 athletics coaches in
high school sports
â€¢ Salary freeze for administrative and
â€¢ Delaying technology purchases for
â€¢ Elimination of after-activity bus service
â€¢ Elimination or reduction in purchase of
new library books
â€¢ Reduction in supplies