Cahokia parents upset with cuts proposed by school district

Jan 31, 2013 Full story: Belleville News Democrat 47

Superintendent Art Ryan said the district may have to layoff teachers, eliminate all extracurricular activities including high school sports, cut art, music and physical education classes at the elementary schools, close Jerome Early Childhood Center and the high school portion of the Cahokia School of Choice and consolidate students.

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Thanks art ryan

Collinsville, IL

#1 Feb 1, 2013
CAHOKIA Parents are outraged about cuts District 187 administrators are proposing to make as a result of the state's funding shortfall.
Superintendent Art Ryan said the district may have to layoff teachers, eliminate all extracurricular activities including high school sports, cut art, music and physical education classes at the elementary schools, close Jerome Early Childhood Center and the high school portion of the Cahokia School of Choice and consolidate students.
Thanks tanya mitchell

Collinsville, IL

#2 Feb 1, 2013
More than 50 concerned parents attended a community meeting Thursday night at the School of Choice and voiced their concerns about the potential cuts.
"These are horrible," parent Tunya Foster said. "It's ridiculous. They are not thinking of our babies."
Foster said she is upset the district wants to cut extracurricular activities including sports. Her son is a junior at Cahokia High School and plays basketball. "You don't cut these activities," Foster said. "These are the kids' outlets."
Ryan agreed with many of the points made by parents about the impact these cuts will have on students' education and overall well being.
"There's not one aspect of this that's educationally sound or good for kids," Ryan told parents. "None of this is a good idea. Not one bit of this is good for kids."
Parent Damon Pipkens of Cahokia said if the high school portion of the School of Choice is closed, he will find an alternative school for his two children, who are in the 10th and fifth grade.
"I will move out of the district or send my kids to private school," Pipkens said.
Ryan described the proposed cuts as "all maybes" depending on what level the state decides to fund education at next year. However, he said a decision must be made by the school board in April in order to meet the deadline required by law. Certified teachers must be notified of any layoffs 45 days prior to the end of the school year.
Ryan said the formulated plan is based on a "worst case scenario" -- if the district receives 20 percent less in general state aid during fiscal year 2014, which would mean another $2.7 million hit to District's 187 budget.
In addition, Ryan said the district is expecting to receive $250,000 less from local property taxes with the drop in equalized assessed value.
"We are forced to come up with a plan of how we can potentially cut $3 million and hopefully, we don't have to do it," Ryan said.
He explained eliminating extracurricular activities would save $1 million; cutting art, music and P.E. classes for kindergarten through eighth grade would save another $1 million; and closing Jerome Early Childhood would save $250,000 as would closing the Cahokia School of Choice High School. The remaining $500,000 would be cut by making staffing reductions, according to Ryan.
Parent Tauwana London said she doesn't think the fiscal problems in District 187 are just the state of Illinois' fault.
"There's a lack of effort to bring money into our district," she said. "They do unnecessary budgeting. They need to more responsible with what they do with our money. The district shouldn't be living dollar to dollar. There should be a reserve."
There are no other viable alternatives to the proposed cuts, according to Ryan. "The district does not have the debt limit to borrow," he said. "If we make class sizes any bigger, there'll be no meaningful school." Currently, he said class sizes average between 28 and 32 students.
If the district chooses to ignore the funding issue and not develop a balanced budget, Ryan said the district risks being taken over by the state. "More than likely the state will take over like they did in East St. Louis, and they will make the cuts, if not worse," he said.
Ryan advised parents contact state legislators and tell them they "cannot continue to fix the problems of the state on the backs of our children."
If the school board approves the proposed cuts in April, Ryan said the changes can be reversed if the state legislature decides to fully fund education when it finalizes the state budget in May.
District 187 will host two more public meetings:
* 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Maplewood, 600 Jerome Lane
* 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Oliver Parks Elementary, 1900 Mousette Lane
Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/01/31/2479252/cahokia...
Thanks tanya mitchell

Collinsville, IL

#3 Feb 1, 2013
CAHOKIA Parents are outraged about cuts District 187 administrators are proposing to make as a result of the state's funding shortfall.

Superintendent Art Ryan said the district may have to layoff teachers, eliminate all extracurricular activities including high school sports, cut art, music and physical education classes at the elementary schools, close Jerome Early Childhood Center and the high school portion of the Cahokia School of Choice and consolidate students.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2013/01/31/2479252/cahokia...
Cahokian

East Saint Louis, IL

#4 Feb 1, 2013
This is just crazy. What do they expect these kids to do. When they take away pe the government will want to blame the parents for over weight kids. What about these kids that aspire to be artists or musicians. Now they have to wait till 8th grade to learn things about art and music. And kids that want to be a great football, basketball or baseball player. They need to learn all the fundamentals before high school. It's a good thug that the Dupo Quarter Back club offers sports to all children if any age since people can't get there heads out of there butts long enough to see they are hurting our children. Since they changed schools around this year there have been nothing but problems with to many kids in one class, disruptive behavior in the classes causing kids to not do as well in school. And in 8th grade they say my son has to go to worth and that will never happen. I will home school or change districts first. I have always like the teachers and my sons school but since the so called budget cuts last year things have only gotten worse. And when 3 lunch aids have to watch 120 boys and girls during recess it's just crazy. And they have to separate the boys from the girls since they can't act right and want to be touching each other in areas they shouldn't be. So lets ad fuel to the fire and ad more kids in schools that already have to many kids in the classes cause that's the right choice.
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#5 Feb 1, 2013
Artists or musicians coming from Cahokia? I mean seriously get real. How about welfare queen, drug dealer or Wal Mart worker?
Future sports star? How about pickpocket or shoplifter.
Notice Cahokias population goes down while the school population goes up. That says a lot about the problem of Cahokia right there
Cuz

Columbia, IL

#6 Feb 1, 2013
Dear Art.

The largest salaries in the School District are in the Administration. Try to look at cuts in the School Board building. Instead of cutting our children's education lets cut the assistants the Finance Director has, the superintendent has, the director of curriculum and all the assistant principals. Put the work back on the person that accepted the initial job as it was 20 years ago. We become more productive with the use of computers and technology, but we add jobs to these jobs that use valuable tax dollars that could be used in the classroom. I remember when I was in school, the secretaries did most of the work that was the principals responsibility. Today, we not only have double the principals, we have double the secretaries, and all have assistants. Art, instead to depending on the state welfare, sharpen your own pencil, and start micromanaging the business you run.
Call Art Ryan to Complain

Wood River, IL

#8 Feb 3, 2013
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A school leader's lot is not always a happy one these days.

Superintendents and school boards have watched their district's revenues --the money that covers salaries, programs and other expenses --continue to contract over the past several years. Property tax revenue, historically a source of growth, is down or stagnant in many districts. The state is contributing less to education, then compounding the problem by not making timely payments of the money it has promised.

School leaders know they need to cut spending to offset the revenue losses. But it seems that every idea put forward -- larger class sizes, combined grades, elimination of art or music or extracurriculars, building closures -- get met with outrage from parents. For example, last week Cahokia parents turned out at a meeting to protest cuts that could include teacher layoffs, classroom programs cuts and extracurricular activities.

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Call Art Ryan to Complain

Wood River, IL

#9 Feb 3, 2013
Tell Art to cut the fat in his office first. Tell him to tell us how much money his grant writers have gotten for Cahokia this year and last year. These two women earn two hundred thousand dolars a year each. This would equate to ovr twenty other positions like janitors bus drivers, play ground supervisors, bus aids, lunch ladies, etc. Go to the Board Building and walk around and look at all of the people goofing off, these folks earn fifty thousand dollars up to one hundred thousand dollars per year. Why not make some of these jobs part time jobs? Why not do pay cuts for some of thesejobs? Everyone should tighten their belt, Peggy Shelton and Board Members who take trips to Boston on our dime. Help our lunch aids and others to save their minimum wage jobs. Get rid of one of the two grant writers. Heck get rid of both of those grant writers and save twenty jobs.
Call Art Ryan to Complain

Wood River, IL

#10 Feb 3, 2013
Go to the Adminitration Board next week and walk around. Then post what you see.
Call Art Ryan to Complain

Wood River, IL

#11 Feb 3, 2013
Taxpayers go in person to the School Board Building on Jerome Lane and say "I am a taxpayer and I am here to get answers to my questions."

Why are you cutting my child's, grandchild's, neighbor's child's school programs?

Save Cahokia School of Choice High School by getting rid of the FAT in Art Ryan's office.

Two hundred thousand for grant writers.
Extra pay for people already earning fifty thousand dollars or more a year.

Go. Do it. Visit Art's office. Oh wait, it isn't Art's office, it is your office, you the taxpayer own that building. Art works for you.

Art works for you.
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#12 Feb 3, 2013
While you are at go eat some BBQ at sawmills being tif money that should have gone to the schools went to the sawmill among other things. Buy a new car at Brockland. Enjoy where your taxes are going.
a reader

East Saint Louis, IL

#13 Feb 3, 2013
Brian wrote:
Artists or musicians coming from Cahokia? I mean seriously get real. How about welfare queen, drug dealer or Wal Mart worker?
Future sports star? How about pickpocket or shoplifter.
Notice Cahokias population goes down while the school population goes up. That says a lot about the problem of Cahokia right there
and your continued nastiness says something about you, Bryan. You are a pimple on humanity's butz.
a reader

East Saint Louis, IL

#14 Feb 3, 2013
Call Art Ryan to Complain wrote:
Taxpayers go in person to the School Board Building on Jerome Lane and say "I am a taxpayer and I am here to get answers to my questions."
Why are you cutting my child's, grandchild's, neighbor's child's school programs?
Save Cahokia School of Choice High School by getting rid of the FAT in Art Ryan's office.
Two hundred thousand for grant writers.
Extra pay for people already earning fifty thousand dollars or more a year.
Go. Do it. Visit Art's office. Oh wait, it isn't Art's office, it is your office, you the taxpayer own that building. Art works for you.
Art works for you.
Two hundred thousand is too much for grant writers. And don't forget they had to pay off the thug loving Pam.
Richard

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Feb 3, 2013
a reader wrote:
<quoted text> Two hundred thousand is too much for grant writers. And don't forget they had to pay off the thug loving Pam.
Trucker, why don't you add up all the unemployment money you've collected over the years, and give us the grand total. Has to be several thousand dollars. You're no better than the politicians you bash day after day after day.
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#16 Feb 3, 2013
To think that today Govermental agencies hire grant people to look for and seek out grants. Thats how low we as a people have stopped to beg for money from the Federal and State handout artists.
Yo go

Saint Peters, MO

#17 Feb 3, 2013
When the Welfare recipients who dont pay any tax and get everything for free from the school and community this is what happens. There are not alot of tax payers left in Cahokia school district
you all did it

Edwardsville, IL

#18 Feb 3, 2013
Thanks art ryan wrote:
CAHOKIA Parents are outraged about cuts District 187 administrators are proposing to make as a result of the state's funding shortfall.
Superintendent Art Ryan said the district may have to layoff teachers, eliminate all extracurricular activities including high school sports, cut art, music and physical education classes at the elementary schools, close Jerome Early Childhood Center and the high school portion of the Cahokia School of Choice and consolidate students.
all i can say is you all did it you took the 20$ for t he vote of t he big dummies on the board and the ones running t he school now deal with it hell shut all the schools down you dont need it they dont learn anything anyway
a reader

East Saint Louis, IL

#19 Feb 3, 2013
Richard wrote:
<quoted text>
Trucker, why don't you add up all the unemployment money you've collected over the years, and give us the grand total. Has to be several thousand dollars. You're no better than the politicians you bash day after day after day.
I'm Bryan, darling, not Richard.
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#20 Feb 4, 2013
Parents concerned that they might have to watch the babies they grow for welfare money...heaven forbid
Idiotttt

Collinsville, IL

#21 Feb 4, 2013
Richard wrote:
<quoted text>
Trucker, why don't you add up all the unemployment money you've collected over the years, and give us the grand total. Has to be several thousand dollars. You're no better than the politicians you bash day after day after day.
You are trying to ruin another good discussion. Get a job you moron. You are sickning.

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