Duneland Superintendent Dirk Baer said the Duneland Schools likely will not
have to eliminate any individual program but will cope with state funding
cuts through across-the-board reductions.
“Everything’s going to have to take a pinch,” he said. “But no program in
and of itself is going to disappear.”
The Duneland School Board will continue its budget discussions at a special
meeting set for Tuesday at 6 p.m., at which time the board is expected to
pass a resolution giving Baer the authority to reduce administrative staff
Under contract language, administrators must be told by Feb. 1 if their
position is being eliminated or altered.
Baer would not say which administrative positions might go except that any
cuts would likely be in director positions at the various school buildings,
not central adminisitration.
Baer said that after working through the budgets for several weeks, he feels
confident that no single program will be eliminated. He said he has heard
people in the community express concerns that programs such as band or
football will be axed or that entire facilities such as the middle school
swimming pool will be shut down. But Baer said that while all programs will
likely get scaled back to some degree, complete elimination of programs
He also said full-day kindergarten will remain, as will a summer school
The Duneland Schools are facing a loss projected at $1.3 million this year
in state support, in addition to a 2010 budget shortfall that’s been
estimated in the range of $3 million to $4 million.
Baer emphasized that the budget cuts will be carried out in increments over
the coming weeks. He said the Duneland Schools expect to see savings in such
areas as cutting staff hours, granting staff furloughs, not filling open
positions, and cutting back on building use and availability. As one
example, he said the middle school swimming pool hours will likely be cut,
but the pool will still remain open.
The details of exactly where the cuts will be made will be given in future
board meetings as they become final. Baer said he expects Tuesday’s
discusison to continue to be mostly of the general nature.
The school board’s agenda also includes budget transfers.
Prior to the public board meeting, the school board will meet in executive
session to discuss personnel, pending litigation and collective bargaining.
The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center, 601 W.