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October 22, 2014, 4:41 pm
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Dist. 186 Supt. Milton Scales Back Budget Cutting Proposals

Springfield schools superintendent Walter Milton is rethinking some of his ideas for cutting millions of dollars from next year’s Springfield schools budget… and that could add to the flow of red ink next year.


Milton is asking the school board to keep the 7-period high school day in place for one more year… even though it would cost a million dollars more than two other options under discussion.


He says the district needs more time to implement any changes.


Milton is also withdrawing a plan to cut back on the number of students who can attend the Capital Area Career Center… and to charge fees for low-income students to participate in sports.


The changes would add $1.2 million to the district’s deficit.


Milton is asking the board to relax its policy so that the district can dip more deeply into its cash reserves.

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