Peoria Public Radio Staff
Wed January 15, 2014
Dunlap teachers, parents oppose proposed cuts
“We just don't feel that it’s worth a temporary fix of budget because obviously we have more and more students coming here and arts attracts students, and this situation is not going to go away. So we need a different answer here than just cutting our programs. We need a long-term solution and this is not it.”
The proposed budget would also cut some study halls and multiple librarians. The district says the staff cuts are needed to fill a more than two-million-dollar deficit caused by more students and not enough revenue. Many parents urged the district to reduce administrators before looking at teachers. Superintendent Jay Marino says administrators plan to take salary freezes next academic year. No decisions have been made. The school board has about two months to vote on any staffing changes.