Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

March 28, 2013

No end to staff cuts for Neoga schools

Jackson Adams
Effingham Daily News

---- — NEOGA — With the end of the school year approaching, further staff cuts are expected at Neoga schools.

Even though 12 teachers were dismissed at the board’s March meeting, Superintendent Chuck Castle said further staff cuts may still be needed.

“We’re going to probably address the non-certified staff,” he said. “We’ll probably have to do that next month.”

Castle estimates the district has saved around $300,000 by dismissing teachers and an additional $100,000 from dismissing non-certified staff members. Further cuts to non-certified staff are estimated to save the district around an additional $75,000.

The district hopes to save even more money through an academic inter-governmental cooperative agreement with Stewardson-Strasburg School District. Castle said the district is still in the planning stages for those talks and agreements are being worked on.

“It seems to be progressing,” he said. “We’re getting them drawn up with the attorneys.”

While staff cuts can still be made up to 30 days before the end of the year, Castle said he is looking to next year and continued losses in state funding for education.

“I fear for the ability of the state to fund education,” he said “They don’t seem to have the will or the resources. We’ll cut until we can’t do anything anymore. Probably at the beginning of next year, we’ll address our thoughts and the board’s thoughts and have some talks about where we are and what we’re going to do.”