Janssen: More schools could close in 2011-12
Pinellas Superintendent Julie Janssen today raised the specter of more school closings as the district grapples with $26 million in budget cuts next year and potentially $53 million the year after that.
After closing or consolidating 10 schools last year, the district promised it wouldn’t consider more closings for the 2010-11 school year, Janssen said in a meeting with the St. Petersburg Times editorial board. But given the magnitude of cuts ahead, the district must look at the possibility for 2011-12, she said.
“This is not temporary,” Janssen said of coming cuts. “Whatever we do now (to balance next year’s budget) we have to add to it to get to the $53 million (deficit) for the following budget.”
Janssen also suggested the district’s “arterial” bus service, located on busy roads, will be limited next year to magnet students and to high school seniors who don’t attend their zoned schools. And she said the district will be taking a hard look at increasing employees’ share of health care costs.
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