(KMOV) – The Francis Howell School District is facing a $10 million shortfall, meaning teachers’ jobs are on the chopping block.
A hundred staff members will be out of a job for this coming school year. Nearly 70 of those jobs will be teachers and administrators.
Employee salaries and benefits make up 85 percent of the budget, leaving no logical option to significantly slice elsewhere.
The decision affects more than 17,000 students.
Francis Howell hopes to lose at least 30 of those jobs through early retirement. That will save about $7 million, but it still leaves a $3 million gap in next year’s budget.
Several parents argued Thursday night that Francis Howell’s smaller class sizes have contributed mightily to its academic success. But by the start of the next school year, about five more students per class is expected to be the norm, placing a bigger burden on teachers.
Some of the biggest cuts will come to support staff and non-core classes.