A committee made up of District 186 residents that was named to offer its own recommendations on the district's red ink budget has come up with several controversial proposals, including cuts in teacher pay and benefits.
The Community Budget Review Committee has echoed some of Superintendent Walter Milton's proposed budget cuts, but then goes further -- calling for an end to the Capitol College Preparatory Academy and eliminating middle school programs at Iles and Ball Charter.
The committee has also proposed a 1-2% pay cut for teachers and all other district employees, along with higher pension and health insurance cuts and reductions in sick days. The Springfield Education Association reacted harshly, saying the cuts suggest the union has been greedy in past contract negotiations, which SEA President Dan Ford denies. Ford says the committee's proposals may interfere with the collective bargaining process, and says legal action could follow if the district adopts the recommendations.