Unfortunately, IL districts have huge budget shortfalls for
the upcoming 2011-2012 school year and have to lay off a
lot of teachers and administrators to try and close million
dollar gaps in their 2012 budgets.
District 205, Rockford schools, will close 6 or 7 schools
and let approximately 600 go in an effort to close a 50
million gap in its upcoming budget. One of the schools on
the chopping block is an early learning center. School
closings alone are estimated to save about 6 million
dollars. Teacher layoffs are also expected to affect
tenured teachers as well.
U-46, Elgin schools, has recently approved layoff notices
for 132 employees in the first round of annual cuts.
Notices will be sent out to those 132 employees next month.
Of the 132 being cut, 53 are teachers, most of which are in
positions that are funded by grant money that isn't
guaranteed for next year. The layoffs take effect next
school year. Some, but not all of the 132 laid off
individuals will be invited back for the 2011-2012 school
year. The district is trying to were close a $4 million gap
in its 2012 budget.
District 50 cut 13 teachers last month and has approved the
cut of 7 more teachers this month. Among the 7 to be cut
this month are 4 eighth-grade core classroom teachers, 2
kindergarten teachers and 1 gifted-program teacher. 2
technology advisor positions and an 8th grade team leader
position were also cut. With these cuts, it brings the
school boardís total cuts to nearly $1.5 million. Two
Kindergarten positions account for just under $90,000 in
savings. Even with these additional cuts, the districtís
2012 budget is still more than $2 million in the red.
District 159, Mokena, is laying off 7 teachers and 8
teacher aids in an effort to to help plug a $2.7 million
budget deficit. In addition to these kayoffs, the district
will cut cut all extracurricular activities for the 2011-
2012 school year and increase some fees. School lunches
will be affected as well; parents can expect a 50 cent
Sadly, IL isn't a place anyone should be relocating to
teach in anytime soon.
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