Di Chiro to propose budget cuts Monday

Superintendent Juli Di Chiro will unveil her list of proposed budget cuts for next academic year at Monday's School Board meeting.

Di Chiro declined to discuss details of her proposal before the meeting, but she has said in the past that the district could be forced to layoff teachers if it can't close the expected $1.3 million budget gap through other means.

The board will hear Di Chiro's proposal at the 7 p.m. meeting in the City Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

The School Board has already agreed to cut one instructional day and one teacher preparation day from next academic year's calendar, saving $160,000.

The district, along with several neighboring ones, will also eliminate all after-school sports at Ashland Middle School, yielding $110,000 in savings.

But more cuts are necessary, given the state funding shortfall, Di Chiro has said.

In February the School Board voted to allow administrators to lay off workers this summer if the district can't find another way to close the expected budget gap for next academic year.

The district's budget committee is scheduled to begin reviewing the budget in early May, and the board is expected to vote on the final document in June.

Contact reporter Hannah Guzik at 541-708-1158 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.

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