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Bloomington looks at possible staff reductions

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
April 6, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated April 5, 2011 at 11:06 p.m.


IF YOU GO

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE: 2875 Farm-Market-Road 616, Bloomington

WHAT: The Bloomington school board will have a special meeting to possibly declare a state of financial emergency. The board is required to make the declaration in order to make staff reductions. It will discuss teacher contracts Monday.

The Bloomington school district could be looking at reducing its staff to deal with overstaffing and pending budget cuts.

The board is expected to have a special meeting Friday to discuss the decision and declare a state of financial emergency. The board is required to declare that state, according to district policy, before it can vote on making staff cuts for the next budget year, said Delores Warnell-Fillmore, interim superintendent.

"It's just a necessary step to get where we need to be," she said.

The board will discuss staff contracts Monday at its regular meeting.

The district uses about 92 percent of its $6.7 million budget to employ slightly more than 114 people.

Warnell-Fillmore said she would like to use about 85 percent of the budget to pay for staffing. She hopes to present a plan Monday on how the district can restructure programs. The board already approved freezing salaries on all contract employees.

The district also is looking at state cuts that could possibly be more than $500,000 because of legislation passed earlier this week, Warnell-Fillmore said.

"That makes us more determined to make sure we're not employing too many staff and we have to balance the budget," she said. "There're other cuts that are going to have to be made across the board."

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