by Roland Glembine / firstname.lastname@example.org
Davenport schools are considering making cuts. The district is millions of dollars in the red. The school board met Monday night to begin the difficult job of tightening the belt.
Davenport schools cut $3.2 million from this years budget, they'll need to trim $4 million from next years with less options to choose from.
"We've made some serious cuts over the last few years and now we're going to have to go deeper. said School Board Vice Chair Ken Krumwiede.
The Davenport district is in the middle of a 5 year budget reduction plan.
"We now need to look at much larger and far reaching reductions as we go year by year by year." said Superintendent Arthur Tate.
Last year the district saved nearly a million dollars through early retirement , something they vowed not to do this year.
"We're going to have to look at other ways to come up with this money, it's going to be looking at structures its going to be looking at class size its going to be looking at administration," explained Krumwiede
Parents like Sharri Jackson are concerned what cuts could mean to class sizes. "Class sizes growing one teacher can't handle all the kids"
"Class sizes are overpopulated as it is and if they are going to increase that even more that just hurts every student teachers can only do so much." added parent Scott Carlson.
Dr. Tate says school officials hope to find savings without impacting students or losing any teachers.
"We've never had to do that we have reduced positions but we haven't had to give anybody pink slips its always are hope no one will lose their job."
The next budget meeting will be in November, public input meetings will likely be held early next year, with the final budget due April 15th.