Baseball, softball, and boys soccer teams in District 204 could soon lose their Freshman B squads. The school board recently heard staff recommendations on how to close an $8.6 million budget gap. Several high school teams could lose a coach, which would reduce some JV and Sophomore B schedules, and end some Freshman B programs.
“Those freshman ones just really leave an uneasy feeling in my stomach so I just wonder if there’s additional collaboration that we might be able to do in order to change some of these eliminations to reductions,” said Curt Bradshaw, District 204 School Board President.
Middle school soccer programs could also end, because staff believe there are opportunities for players in the community.
Other cuts could include 54 teaching positions and 58 clerical and support staff positions, like secretaries and LMC assistants, which some fear will disrupt student learning.
“Students deserve the opportunity to achieve in all academic areas, supported by high quality library media programs that are staffed appropriately,” said Beverly Frett, LMC Director at Clow Elementary School.
The school board didn’t make any final decisions and will continue to discuss solutions to the budget problem in the future.
Their next meeting is March 12th.
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