SAINT LOUIS, Mo (KMOX)- The Granite City School district is proposing a budget reduction due to their recent $3.3 million deficit. The proposal presents a $2.7 million budget cut from the district.
“They’re great teachers that we have, but they’re also our number one expense…also we’re looking at the possibility, unfortunately, of cutting some programs,” says Superintendent Jim Greenwald.
Greenwald says that nothing has been decided, but he has heard from patrons who are threatening to move.
The proposal presented last week cuts 33 teachers and staff. It also increases fees including gifted education, sports and band from $25 to $75.
“These thoughts that we are hearing from people, I think are very concerning to us.”
Parents told KMOX that the cuts could be proposed in order to force teachers to bend on their contract talks. Greenwald says there are a lot of issues on the table.
“We certainly hope that we will be able to collaborate with them and really deal with the true issues,” says Greenwald. “Farthest thing from our mind would be to share numbers that are inaccurate.”
He says that nothing has been decided yet regarding the proposal. He adds that there are general suggestions across the board. He didn’t want to be specific but he said this is a deep situation.
Greenwald is planning to present the budget reduction proposal to civic leaders next week saying the district’s budget problems are community problems as well.
He says that he definitely wants to keep their families right there in Granite City.