Anticipating a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barrington School District 220 school board members agreed to trim the district’s budget for next fiscal year by $1 million.
The move, approved at the June 2 board meeting, would put a hold on filling vacant positions and cuts about $300,000 from budgets for supplies for the district’s schools. District officials said the cuts were necessary to prepare for a likely decline in property tax revenue as a result of the stay-at-home order and business shutdown due to the pandemic.
“We’re sensitive to what’s going on in the economy and we’re concerned that people may not be able to pay their property taxes,” said school board President Penny Kazmier.
Specifically, the budget cut puts a hold on six flexible teaching positions the district relies on to deal with larger class sizes. SD220 has also put a hold on filling 12 vacant support staff positions, including teacher’s aides and non-teaching positions, said Superintendent Brian Harris.
Principals of the district’s 12 schools also have been asked to cut their budgets for supplies by 2%.
The cuts bring the budget for the 2020-2021 academic year down to $154 million.