NACS Board Passes $2.4M Budget Cut

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A total of 30 teachers and counselors in the Northwest Allen County School District will be laid off.

The Northwest Allen School Board voted Monday night on a plan that is expected free up $2.4 million for the budget.

NACS Business Manager Bill Mallers presented the plan to the board and community members, in which he outlined his reccommendation that the $2.4M budget reduction plan be approved.

Minutes later, nine parents, five teachers, two young students and one athletic coach stood before the NACS board and pleaded with board members to vote against the budget reduction plan.

"I think that a refferendum would help fund that (budget) and continue to keep that (budget) up. If the educational system goes down, then property values go down, said NACS Parent Stacy Snyder.

Meanwhile, district leaders say more cuts, including teachers and counselors, and even closing a school could be in the near future.

However, NACS goal is restructure the district, to minimize classroom cuts.

"Absolutely. That's been the approach any time we've looked at the budget is we try to minimize impact on the main classroom," said NACS Business Manager Bill Mallers.

Meantime, those affected by the cuts were given a glimmer of hope.

District leaders say they will meet with the NACS teachers union on Friday, April 16 to discuss possible salary concessions.

If teachers agree to any cuts or step increase pay freezes, board members have vowed to take a second look at the budget reduction plan they approved Monday night.

Any teacher concessions would most likely reverse some of the 30 teacher or counselors layoffs.

NACS executives did note that property tax caps, could force the district to make additional cuts in 2011.

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