Ladue School Administrators Outline Possible Cuts

Some of the scenarios may play out regardless of how April's tax levy vote fares.

Monday night, Ladue School administrators articulated budget realities which could kick in for the 2012-2013 academic year, even if voters say yes to a

According to documents discussed at Monday's school board meeting, administrators have identified more than $2 million in possible cost savings. The largest single area of savings ($1.385 million) would be obtained the following:

  • increasing class sizes from 3rd grade through 12th grade, eliminating 9 full time teaching positions.
  • Ending K-2 Spanish language classes and 4-12 music programs, eliminating a total of 4 full time teaching positions.
  • Replacing elementary school Physical Education teachers with certified teaching assistants and eliminating a total of 2 P.E. teachers at and .
  • Eliminating 2 high school guidance counselors.

Administrators said in the documents discussed Monday that they hope most if not all of the eliminated staff will come through retirement and regular attrition as opposed to actual people losing jobs. Last fall, the board approved a move to extend health, medical and dental benefits for employees who put their intention to retire in writing before mid-December, in preparations for possible budget cuts.

Another $105,000 in savings that could be gained from areas like eliminating Summer Camp for grades K-5 and closing district buildings during winter and spring break are likely to be considered regardless of what happens with the vote in April.

The status of the 2012 Summer School program is expected to come up at the next Ladue School Board meeting January 23.

flyoverland January 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
According to school district reports, all employees, except "12 month" staff received a raise this year. The reason we are in this mess is previous school boards awarded five percent annual increases for years on end, even in the early 2000's when there was no inflation. We are now living with the compounding of that which is why our payroll consumes over 80% of the budget and there is never anything left over for anything else and why our pay schedule is so much higher than other districts.
Jahn Dough January 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/131415786927565/ Come on over to the Ladue Parents Information Exchange (LPIE) Facebook page to discuss your viewpoints.
flyoverland January 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Sorry, I do not have a facebook. I think board publications are the most accurate source of information.
flyoverland January 13, 2012 at 09:48 PM
The Ladue "teacher's wife" who commented that her husband had not had a raise in years was obviously wrong. I have confirmed teacher pay at Ladue has increased 11.25% since 2008. I doubt many private sector jobs have seen anything close to that. Many have seen cuts. Retirees are seeing almost no returns on savings and Social Security has had two years of no increases. I think this is going to be very hard sell to ask people to dig deeper for more raises.
TOM CORI January 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
LemonZest, go to the boarddocs for the Ladue School District. Pay increases for each year are available starting with 2004. Did someone make a mistake? While most of the taxpayers in district has seen declines in their pay and house values, the teachers and administration have had pay increases. Vote NO on the tax increase.


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