July 2010 Your Turn

We asked in May how you were handling the current economic downturn. Your answers were, unfortunately, predictable. Many of you paint a grim picture of your district’s financial outlook.

Half of you say your districts have been seriously affected by the recession. Salaries have been frozen, positions have been cut or left unfilled, and everything from classroom programs to bus service has been hit.

“We are cutting $10 million from our next budget,” wrote Jim Clark, a board member in suburban St. Louis. “We have frozen salaries and have had approximately 80 [retirements] whose positions may not be filled.”

Thirty-six percent of you said the recession was having a “moderate” impact on your district, and 14 percent called the effect “minimal.”

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