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Cuts possible for D-427

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Decreased enrollment combined with unknown state and grant revenue may cause Sycamore School District 427 to cut up to seven positions within the district next school year.

Sycamore School District Superintendent Kathy Countryman said the district still is looking at this reduction plan, which the school board will review at tonight’s meeting.

“We have to take precautions so that we are not obligated with regard to being overstaffed,” Countryman said.

District leaders project a slight decline in elementary and high school students and a small increase in middle school students next year. Countryman said the district expected these numbers given Sycamore’s spike in elementary school children several years ago. She said many of these students have now reached the middle school age.

She also said the district probably won’t see any funding allocations until May or June, which is when they would put any reduction plans in motion.

Countryman said the district doesn’t plan to cut any programs though they are keeping a close eye on the situation. Meanwhile, the district’s challenge lies within operating on a smaller budget.

“We will be looking at the budget items that match our district goals, what the goals are next year for curriculum and instruction, and the dollars we need to accomplish those goals,” she said.

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