OSWEGO, Ill. -- Some painful decisions face the school board that serves public schools in Oswego and surrounding communities.
School District 308 faces a deficit as high as $11 million between now and the year 2023; and to close the gap, school officials may have to lay people off.
The board met Monday evening. They heard suggestions from the community on what may take a hit. Over 100 people attended the meeting to defend school cuts in the face of deep deficits in coming years.
Parents and students spoke out during the meeting. Some suggested possibly raising fees instead of cutting jobs and programs.
Cutting as many as 16 teachers could save a million dollars. Class sizes may have to be increased and teaching assistants may have their hours reduced.
Shutting down programs like band, and even football, are among the most severe options being considered.
Some District 308 parents said the school system’s administration is top-heavy, and the first cuts should come in the front office.
"There needs to be some serious budget management, and I think there's been a lack of it," said Kirsten Coulman, a parent in the district.
The board's decision will affect schools in Aurora, Plainfield and Yorkville next year.