Tonight, The Special Administrative Board for St. Louis Public Schools voted to approve budget recommendations that include deep cuts.
The district is carving nearly $58 million from its budget next fiscal year - citing declining revenues and student enrollment as big reasons for the cuts.
The district plans to eliminate 490 positions (including 226 classroom teaching positions). The district is offering early retirement and we're told 250 people have indicated they would retire early. One hundred and thirty three others who do not have the proper certifications (or were in the process of becoming certified) are being released. All staff members cut will be notified by May 15th.
The district will also close six buildings and consolidate other programs.
Read the points of the budget presentation the board voted on here (click on FY11 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS): www.slps.org/19621051994153557/cwp/view.asp