I am writing to update the community on O'Fallon School District 90's financial situation.
The Board of Education approved in January a referendum to be placed on the April ballot seeking a 49-cent increase in the maximum value of the education fund tax rate. Proceeds from this referendum will correct the current deficit the district faces due to insufficient funding from the state.
At the March board meeting, the board approved the reduction plan that would correct the current deficit if the April referendum fails. The approval of the plan activates the reduction in force of 32 certified staff and 54 non-certified staff full-time positions and 41 extra-duty assignments. As per state statute, the board had to act at this board meeting to stay within the reduction-in-force timeline.
These reductions due to revenue shortfall will eliminate all elementary music, computers and physical education, all junior high band, chorus, art and technology, and all extracurricular athletics and activities. The reductions will also eliminate classroom support in reading and math as well as custodial and administrative positions.
A successful referendum vote will put the district in the position to restore these reduced positions for next year. A failed referendum will eliminate them for next year.
The next update will detail the results of the April 9 referendum vote, and the next steps the district will take given its direction from the community.
Todd J. Koehl
O'Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90