The long-rumored budget cuts have finally been announced. Click below for the CPS press release, and let me know what you think.
CPS Announces Central
Office Pay Freeze
Will Affect Administrators
Making More Than $40,000, Save $4.5 Million;
Principals and Teachers Will Receive 4% Pay Raises
continuing its efforts to slash administrative costs, the Chicago Public
Schools has announced that the salaries of more than 1,300 central office
administrators will be frozen for the next budget year. The freeze
does not apply to principals and assistant principals, who will receive
the same 4% raise as teachers next year.
need to be as lean and efficient as possible, because our schools need
every available dollar, said CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan,
who will be affected by the freeze. Were facing a major budget
deficit, which means drastic cuts have to be made. And the first place
we always look to make cuts is the central office.
salary freeze will affect non-school-based administrators who make more
than $40,000 per yeara total of 1,363 employees. The savings are
estimated at $4.5 million. Overall, the CPS has committed to making
between $25 and $30 million in administrative cuts to help balance its
chose not to apply the pay freeze to principals and assistant principals
after meeting with Clarice Berry, President of the Chicago Principals
and Administrators Association. She made the case that school
leaders deserve to be rewarded for their hard work, and I agree.
Theyre in the schools, where the learning happens, Duncan said.
the current CPS budget, administrative costs account for less than 5%
of the school systems overall operating expenses. That was the result
of budget moves made last year, including eliminating more than 200
central office jobs and limiting cost-of-living raises to 2% for principals
and administrators. Duncan expects to get administrative costs
down to 4% by next year.
still have more cutting to do at the central office, which should be
finalized next week, Duncan added. Then well need to make some
very tough decisions on program cuts to get closer to balancing the
budget. But we feel confident that, with the additional $100 million
in funding provided by Gov. Blagojevich and the state legislature, well
be able to keep the cuts from reaching inside the classroom.
addition to the administrative cuts, the CPS plans to take $75 million
from its reserve funds and get $15 million in efficiencies from the
areas of transportation, food service, maintenance, and custodial service.
That leaves a budget gap of about $113 million, and the school system
is looking for additional cost savings in several areas to help balance
the budget. Those areas include after-school, summer school, special
education, and early childhood programs.
Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on the school systems
Fiscal Year 2007 budget at its June 28 meeting. Public hearings on the
budget will be held June 20 at Lincoln Park High School, 2001 N. Orchard
St., June 21 at Finkl Elementary School, 2332 S. Western Ave., and Harlan
Community Academy, 9652 S. Michigan Ave. Each hearing begins at 7 p.m.
Registration for public comment begins at 6 p.m.
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