A tentative plan to realign the elementary grades in the Alton School District has been introduced to teachers and staff, and could be considered by the school board by spring. The proposal is viewed as a cost savings following years of declining state funding and declining property values.
Alton Assistant Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner tells the Big Z teachers and staff were notified of the plan in a staff meeting on Tuesday and once the district gets feedback, they’ll take the plan to parents and the community. She tells the Big Z the board will take action on some version of the plan by this spring:
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The annual minimum estimated savings using the paired school plan would be $560,000 per year. The school pairings that are considered will be Lewis and Clark with North Elementary, Gilson Brown with West Elementary, and Eunice Smith and Lovejoy with East Elementary. Ten jobs could be cut under the plan, but the total number of layoffs will depend on retirements or other job openings that might allow a staff member to be reassigned to another role.