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Lincoln-Way District 210 Eliminates 18 Teachers

Many teachers will be without jobs, at the end of the school year.

Eighteen teachers in Lincoln-Way District 210 will not be returning next year, the Board of Education solemnly announced Thursday night. 

Full-time and part-time teachers from various departments, along with permanent substitutes were among those cut. Several of the teachers—from the art department—are part of a reduction in force in response to a drop in enrollment. 

Four art teachers will remain.

"It's not about cost reduction," said Superintendent Scott Tingley. "You've got to have classes for the teachers to teach."

Enrollment in art courses has been slipping steadily over the last three years, he said. With the state's requirements of additional math and science classes, the demand for art and other electives has dropped significantly. 

The remaining art department teachers will travel between the district's four schools, to their respective classes, Tingley said. 

The move was not about cost reduction, Tingley said. The district has to focus its resources on staff for required courses. 

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lala March 17, 2014 at 07:59 PM
Bet you have no kids in the schools Jerry that will be suffering from these cuts. I am sure there are more down the road. The schools cannot continue to put all the blame on the state of IL. They need to learn to live within their means like all of us have to do. There should be a hiring and pay increase freeze in effect. That alone would save tons of money. Administrators should be cut and jobs combined. Does every school really need an assistant principal? All these assistants to the assistants assistant?
jerry mrozek March 17, 2014 at 08:23 PM
I am not sure how your reply relates to my thoughts, I do however agree with you, freeze "everything", Eliminate a lot of admin expense, and for sure I wonder why we need at least 3 "asst supers". We are in basic agreement I don't have any kids but still pay the full burden of taxes with no kids in school any more. The state is at fault in a lot of areas, they do provide a good excuse but most of it is correct.
Kimberly DeLude Quigley March 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM
@Donny.....that referendum passed.... Barely!! Yes I do remember it...I voted No and so did a lot of other taxpayers. I also remember after it was voted in hearing a lot of "Are you kidding me!!" I also remember a referendum to see if taxpayers would approve a $60 million building bond to have astro-turf at East and Central's football fields. I voted No and so did a lot of other taxpayers and that referendum failed. Wait....no it didn't because the school board didn't listen to the taxpayers and the astro-turf was installed anyway. Oh but wait we are talking about LW football...can't make cuts in that department. Football generates a lot of money for the schools I get that, but NOT every student plays sports! Building two new schools was a huge mistake....this is my opinion. No one knew the economy was going to turn out the way it did, but my wallet and my non-existent equity in my home didn't either. Making cuts in the Arts is a huge mistake, but the kids shouldn't have to be punished for something no one could control. The board approves too much take it out on them not the kids. My son graduated from East in 2009 and is doing well and had a great HS career not only because he went to a LW school, but because he had good teachers.... Very good teachers. Instead of cutting the teachers, cut from the top. LW is too top heavy. Start there. My opinion.
DJK March 18, 2014 at 06:28 PM
A lot of really good posts here. Sounds like some people have the inside track on some facts and some others don't want to hear what's going on. Nothing new here folks, 210 has been a good old boys club since we moved here almost thirty years ago. Don't bother running for a school board seat. If I recall, the last person elected that was not an incumbent was at least ten years ago...maybe more. They retire before their term is up and the board approves the replacement. The replacement then runs as an incumbent and you know what that means. Been going on for years. Not going to change. As for the fine arts center, if in fact the IPO is not being charged, that needs to be investigated. Just because they let our students into a concert for free, doesn't cut it.
lala March 19, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Those with the inside track should contact one of the investigative reporters from the local news stations!

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