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St. Louis schools met to discuss cutbacks

October 7, 2004
By: Evan Godt
State Capital Bureau

Representatives from the St. Louis Public School District met with the Missouri Board of Education to update the status of their crippled budget. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Schools told the board it made 93 million dollars in cutbacks over the last few years including losing 1000 employees.

The school district is attempting to fix its budget crisis while also regaining full accreditation.

Interim superintendent Floyd Crues says they are looking at several ways to improve the quality of education including switching to a year-round schooling schedule.

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Contents: We're going to do anything it takes to have our students improving and have them achieving at a higher level. So if it means longer hours, more hours in a day, flexible scheduling; we'll do anything it takes.

Financial analysts for the school showed the board that while great strides have already been made, they still have to make about 32 million dollars in cutbacks.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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Representatives from St. Louis Public Schools outlined the academic advancements they've made despite having to restructure a shattered budget. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Schools met with the Missouri Board of Education to prove they are making strides to move toward full accreditation.

In 1999, the school district met just 3 out of 11 performance standards for Missouri schools and the school was put on a provincial accreditation basis.

A review of the 2003 school year presented to the board showed the school now meets 8 of the 11 standards and is falling just short of full accreditation.

Interim superintendent Floyd Crues says that while his schools are improving, he is not satisfied where the district currently sits.

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Contents: We will not be satisfied until all out students are operating at a proficient or advanced level. I can't say I'm satisfied with where they are, I want all our students to meet or exceed the standards.

The school district has made the improvements despite having made 93 million dollars in cutbacks.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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St. Louis Public Schools told the Missouri Board of Education they have been forced to make drastic cutbacks to save their budget. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Schools presented its financial plans to the Missouri Board of Education. The district made 93 million dollars in cutbacks over the last few years including letting go of 1000 employees.

Most of the lost jobs were administrative but teacher salaries have also been frozen.

Chief operating officer of the district Manny Silva outlined plans to restore financial security so that no academic standards are left behind.

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Contents: Teachers and other administrative staff haven't had a pay raise in two years so that is a big issue and a need we are trying to satisfy.

Financial analysts for the school told the board that while great strides have already been made, they still have to make about 32 million dollars in cutbacks.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.

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St. Louis Public Schools met with the Missouri Board of Education to say they continue to make cuts to fix their crippled budget. Evan Godt (Got) reports from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis Public Schools made 93 million dollars in cutbacks over the last few years including letting go of 1000 employees.

School officials meeting with the board of education said that while great strides have been made, 32 million dollars in cutbacks still have to be made.

The district's chief operating officer Manny Silva said they are working on finding other ways to save money without sacrificing students.

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Contents: We are going to set up project teams to look at cost savings opportunities to generate ideas on where to make additional cuts.

The district's cutbacks include out-sourcing groundskeepers and food services as well as restructuring transportation and air conditioning budgets.

From the state Capitol, I'm Evan Godt.