Plainfield to hold off on school cuts

January 29, 2010 6:12:00 AM PST
Vocal opposition from more than 400 parents and students prompted Plainfield school officials to put off a vote to cut hundreds of teachers and staff. The Plainfield Community Unit School District 202 Board could cut more than 200 jobs, including teachers, to help offset a $16 million budget deficit.

But the board did not make a decision on those cuts Thursday night. Instead, they decided to eliminate seven administrative jobs.

The district includes 30 schools from preschool to high school. It serves nearly 30,000 students.

The board blames a drop in property tax revenues, the economy and state funding for the budget problems.

The proposal from Superintendent John Harper was presented to the Board of Education Monday.

Harper's proposal included eliminating jobs to save $11 million and slicing another $9.1 million in expenses. It also included about $890,000 in new revenues. The changes would have gone into effect for the 2010-11 school year.

The job cuts would also have included about 132 certified positions such as band instructors, deans and counselors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.