Springfield BOE Eliminates 35 Positions Through “Reduction in Force”

Springfield BOE Eliminates 35 Positions Through “Reduction in Force”

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

35 Springfield District 186 employees, including 11 certified teachers, were told they’ll likely lose their jobs at the end of the school year, but the school board is warning this could be just the beginning.

“We’ll be the flagship district in a whole fleet that’s sinking,” said interim Superintendent Bob Hill after hearing from several people during Monday’s board meeting, pleading with the board to save the proposed jobs on the chopping block.

The cuts come as the district is grappling with more than $5 million in cuts. The board decided earlier this month which positions were to be cut, and this week it heard which people were to be cut.

They’re reduction in force notices, which means it’s quite possible they’ll lose their jobs but it’s not a foregone conclusion. These employees will be first on the list to be placed elsewhere in the district should a position open through retirement, attrition or through other means.

The mood in the District 186 board room was palpably somber, especially after hearing from members of the public. Board members were quick to point out that this might not be it — more cuts could be coming if the state follows through on a proposed $1 billion cut to education statewide.

“I implore you, we have to find a way in the next few years to raise revenue,” said board president Chuck Flamini. “This can’t keep going on.”

“The fact that we are not beating down [legislators] doors… is depressing,” said school board member Scott McFarland, who encouraged the board to be more actively involved at the Capitol.

Should the state follow through on its $1 billion cut proposal, Springfield District 186 could be out an additional $6 million, according to Hill.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Police Investigate Shots Fired at Home


Damage reported to a home.

in Local

Springfield Attorney Becomes Judge


It's now Judge Jennifer Ascher.

in Local

Zopp Wants Chicago Police Superintendent to Resign


U.S. Senate hopeful Andrea Zopp says Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy should step down.

in Local

UPDATED: U of Chicago Reopens Today


Suspect Jabari Dean may have wanted to retaliate for Laquan McDonald shooting

in Local

Judge to State: Pay Insurance for Home Health Care Workers


SEIU Healthcare Illinois took legal action against Gov. Bruce Rauner and Comptroller Leslie Munger earlier this month to force the payments.