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Parkway School Board Considering Budget Cuts

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CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) – Tough decisions are ahead for Parkway School Board members.

They’re expected to vote early next month on cutting 3-to-5 percent of the budget, which could total more than $9 million.

“Our projections had been that we thought (the economy) was going to start turning around by now,” Parkway spokesman Paul Tandy explained. “It just has not. Our local sales tax revenue is down. Our interest income, with these historically low interest rates, we’re not generating the revenue from our investments.”

Tandy said the board hopes to reduce staff, including twenty administrators and support staff, through attrition instead of lay-offs.

More savings would come from fewer teachers’ assistants, moving from school-to-school instead of being permanently stationed.

“It’s kind of like going from a man-to-man defense to a zone defense. But we think it might be a more efficient way to go, because we have people in every building but don’t necessarily have the same need in every building,” he said.

Other plans include increasing the fees for both summer school classes and building usage.

The board’s next meeting is February 8th.

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