St. Louis to possibly close 6 schools, eliminate 490 jobs -

St. Louis to possibly close 6 schools, eliminate 490 jobs

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis school district plans to shut down six schools and eliminate nearly 500 jobs to reduce a $58 million budget deficit.

Superintendent Kelvin Adams announced the proposed cuts Thursday night at a meeting of the Special Administrative Board. The three-member panel has overseen city schools since a 2007 state takeover and must still approve the plan.

Adams' plan would affect 226 teachers, 130 office workers, 54 administrators and central office workers and 80 substitute teachers. Adams said he hopes to avoid layoffs through early retirement and attrition. In all, 490 positions may go.

Adams attempted to ease fears by saying while class sizes will increase, students will not see any drastic changes in their school day. By

The schools slated for closing include on high school, one middle school, two alternative education schools, an after-school program and a special education site.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the cuts during a meeting April 29.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Click here to view the document outlining the exact cuts St. Louis Public Schools are making


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