Thursday, June 21, 2012
Citizen advisory committee will be similar to EEPRT with some key differences, officials said.
A lot of moving parts are involved in shaping the financial future of Elmhurst Unit District 205: Will the district have to take over pension funding obligations from the state? Will the district be able to pass a referendum that will allow school buildings to be built and repaired? Where else can the belt be tightened after consecutive years of multimillion-dollar budget cuts? What will enrollment numbers look like in future years? But one thing is certain: "Our financial model is not sustainable as it stands now," Superintendent David Pruneau told the District 205 Finance and Operations Committee Thursday. That's why district officials are looking into forming a citizens advisory committee to provide input on both short-term goals, like …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
New fees for athletics, music and art will add to revenue.
The budget evaluation process for Elmhurst Unit District 205 has ended. The board on Tuesday approved approximately $3.85 million in budget cuts and $857,146 in additional program funding, for a net budget reduction of about $3 million. The cuts approved by the board include the elimination of 14.80 full-time equivalent faculty members, as well as several other staff positions. But positions will be added in the areas of reading support (4.0 FTE); related services, including social work (.2 FTE) and psychology (1.0 FTE); REACH (3.5 FTE); and special education (.2 FTE). A “place hold” for the position of director of research and assessment also was approved. Among the substantive changes to the Feb. 28 budget recommendations was the …
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
School Board looks at reducing some programs, adding to others.
Round three of Elmhurst Unit District 205’s budget evaluation process continued Monday evening as the board moved toward consensus on program reductions and enhancements for the 2011-12 school year. The program review committees revised their recommendations to about $3.8 million in reductions and $857,000 in additions, bringing the net budget reduction closer to the target of $3 million. The board will make a final decision on all program changes at its next meeting March 8. A few areas, such as a proposed tiered fee structure for interscholastic sports and the possible elimination of middle school guidance classes, need tweaking. But for the most part, many were pleased with the Elmhurst Educational Program Review Technique (EEPRT) as …
Friday, February 25, 2011
Reports are being fine-tuned by committees as the board continues to deliberate what areas to cut.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Elmhurst Press has reported an outline of the latest budget cut revisions that have been presented to the District 205 School Board. The revised reports are designed to bring the board closer to a final decision on budget cuts, which are scheduled to be approved on March 8. The target is a net $3 million in cuts. The board will meet again on Monday, Feb. 28, to continue the process. Here is the Elmhurst Press report.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Evaluation process continues; spending increases in some areas are not ruled out.
York sophomore John DiCianni stood poised behind the podium, dressed in shirt and tie, waiting his turn to address Elmhurst Unit District 205 School Board Tuesday. “I just want to say that gymnastics has been the best sport I’ve ever been a part of—and I’ve tried many," he said. "This team is like family to me.” Students and parents alike showed up in force to hear results of the district’s educational program review process, known as EEPRT. Twenty-two educational and six operational review committees had submitted their reports, and it was time to hear how they ranked in the budgeting process. The committee in charge of high school-level interscholastic sports had recommended the elimination of seven athletic programs as part of a …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This will be the basis for another $3 million to $5 million in budget cuts that will be announced March 8; finance director says $4.5 million is the target.
Elmhurst Unit District 205 Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 8, to discuss the recommendations submitted by 22 Educational Program Review committees. The committees, known collectively as EEPRT, were charged last year with determining the value of 28 educational and operational programs throughout the district relative to their costs. These evaluations will be the basis of another $3 million to $5 million in budget cuts for the 2011-12 school year. Last year, the district cut $2.8 million from the budget. The board will announce next year's cuts on March 8. Assistant Superintendent for Finance Pat Masterton said Jan. 26 that $4.5 million in cuts is needed for the district to be in good financial shape, with $3 million cash on hand …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Committees will present their recommendations for cuts at the Feb. 8 meeting; $4.5 million in cuts are recommended to stay solvent.
The “R” word was floated at the Elmhurst District 205 School Board meeting Tuesday night as officials took a sobering look at financial projections and facility needs for the next 10 years. The most immediate need is at Lincoln School, where about half of the exterior structure of the building is in “failed” condition, according to a report by StructureTec, “building envelope” consultants hired by the district. “The only real answer is to go to referendum,” Assistant Superintendent for Finance Pat Masterton said, adding the district has no borrowing capability for this type of work for another nine or 10 years. Officials have the option of repairing the immediate problems, but the questions is, do they put hundreds of thousands of dollars…