The board is looking for ways to deal with $7.9 million in cuts expected from the state over the next two fiscal years. Local officials said the system has taken heavy cuts to combat a large deficit in the state budget. What began as about a 3 percent decline in state revenue ended up as a 15 percent drop.
A proposal that has drawn the most attention is one to eliminate the fine-arts focus and converting West Side into a school for kindergartners through fifth-graders.
Other cost-cutting options being considered include merging Cannon Street and Mountville Elementary schools; not replacing a third of the school system positions left vacant by attrition; shortening the school calendar by 20 days and lengthening the school day; and increasing the millage rate.
Wednesday’s meeting is at 11:30 a.m. at the Administrative Services Center at 100 N. Davis Road, Building C, in LaGrange.