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Parkway School Board Approves Budget Cuts

Michael Calhoun
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CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) – A tough math lesson for Parkway School Board members, who voted Wednesday night to cut at least $7.5 million over the next two years.

That number could be as much as $9.6 million.

No teachers will be laid-off, so class sizes should remain steady, but 20 administrators and support staff are expected to be cut, through attrition if possible. Report cards will be e-mailed to parents instead of printed and mailed. Summer school fees will increase. Student registration will be centralized at high schools. Part-time employees, like recess monitors, are out.

Board Member Bruce Major noted that, in 2009, revenue fell for the first time in district history and reserves can only last so long.

“I’ve heard it referred to as a rainy day fund, and it’s been raining for about four years now,” he said.

Parent Mollie Gulino address the board, and while she sympathized with their financial plight, she protested cuts to reading-and-math intervention specialists at elementary and middle schools.

“You stand before us that the very programs that made our children successful are going to be restructured,” she said, while presenting 200 signatures of agreement. “The only people who will truly lose will be our children.”

District officials say that all students who need help will still get it.

“We have to be responsible to our public,” superintendent Keith Marty said, noting that it would have been easier to try raising the tax rate. “I think it is our obligation to look at ourselves first.”

For more details on the budget: http://www.parkwayschools.net/budget/faq.cfm

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