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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 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Opponents of buying Westminster said at that time the district didn't have the money to operate the place. They said if Ladue bought it and then tried to raise taxes and the taxpayers said no, then cuts were going to have to happen. As I recall, that was pooh-poohed by the Board who asked how were they supposed to know if they had enough money when they didn't even know why they were buying it. The school district just forged ahead. Threats to cut services is standard operating procedure for school boards. Over spend, then announce draconian cuts unless they get their way and John Q. Taxpayer has to dig deeper. I don't think taxpayers will fall for it this time. I will be voting no on the tax increase.
Bess Marshall January 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
They needed the Westminster property - Spoede School is holding classes in a supply closet, in hallways, in the library, etc. It is way overcrowded. They have been cutting their budget every year for more than 10 years in spite of increasing enrollment every year but this year. Costs are rising for health care that the district can't control. It's time to pay for those services that are desirable and knock off the "starve the beast" mentality. There are countries with no taxes, no government services, even ones with no government at all, but those are not places I'd want to live.
flyoverland January 11, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Cutting the budget for ten years? I don't think so. They have been deficit spending. If that was the reason they needed Westminster, they should have had the courage to say it at the time. What they did was outrageous. They blatently said they "didn't know how they would use it." Therefore, they couldn't be pinned down on how much more it was going to cost the taxpayers. Had taxpayers been told the truth, that they were actually voting for two tax increases, the bond issue would have never passed. Now, as the opponents pointed out back then, the choice is much higher taxes or big cuts. This game playing is why so many people do not trust this school board. By the way, teachers have been getting raises. How many taxpayers, retired or working have seen raises over the past few years? How much of this giant tax increase is going for more raises?
LemonZest January 11, 2012 at 03:33 PM
My husband teaches in the district and I can confirm that teachers have not received ANY raises for 3 years- I don't know where you are getting that information!
TOM CORI January 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
The tax payers in the Ladue School District are hurting. They are facing increases in Federal and State and Local taxes. It is doubtful if this is the only request for a tax increase in the Ladue School District. Like all of us, the Ladue School District has to stop spending and reduce costs to balance the budget. Enough is enough. VOTE NO.
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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