School District 207 set to slash 135 jobs

February 2, 2010 3:15:44 PM PST
Despite a lot of opposition administrators of Maine Township High School District 207 have approved a plan to eliminate 135 jobs.

The district announced a plan last month to cut $15 million in spending. The cuts include about 75 teaching positions.

The district is trying to close a $19 million budget deficit.

Monday night's vote was unanimous. However, the school board did leave the door open for another round of negotiations with the Maine Teachers Association to save about 45 jobs.

The Daily Herald Is reporting that the administration offered to spend up to $2 million more of out of the district's reserves for two years if the union matches that amount in salary concessions. Union leaders are expected to discuss that offer with their membership in the coming weeks.