Closing a school, staff layoffs, and extra curricular activity cuts are all being discussed as District 204 tries to close a projected $8.6 million budget gap.
At a recent school board meeting district staff presented their recommendations to the board. One part of the solution is closing the seniors only Frontier Campus where students receive dual high school and college credit. The District had been splitting costs with the College of DuPage, but they recently backed out of the contract and 204 can’t afford to run it alone.
Other possibilities include increasing activity and athletic fees, laying off some clerical and support staff, and cutting secondary athletic and extra curricular activities.
Part of the deficit comes because the District can’t count on their state funding.
“At best, we’re seeing some level funding from the State but quite honestly we’re anticipating about 2 million less in state aid,” said David Holm, Assistant Superintendent for Business.
The 204 School Board did not make any final decisions at their most recent meeting. They’ll consider staff’s recommendations and discuss them further at future meetings.
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