Capitol Chaos: Elmbrook Schools' Plans

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MILWAUKEE - The Superintendent for Elmbrook Schools says the governor's budget proposal will be tough for his district to deal with but he thinks a change is needed to create stability as the state and local schools move ahead to the future.

Superintendent Matt Gibson tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that if the governor's budget passes his district would lose $5.4 million dollars a year because of the cap in revenue.  A provision in the budget limits the amount school districts can bring in on a per pupil basis.

Gibson added that his district would gain an extra $3.8 million from concessions if teachers began paying into the pension system and contributed to their health insurance. 

That would leave the Elmbrook School District with a $1.6 million dollar budget hole to plug. 

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Gibson says his district has already made plans to save some money next year.  The high school will change to what Gibson described as a four block schedule with teachers spending three of the four time blocks teaching a class.

Middle schoolers will see changes too.  Gibson says the district is consolidating electives that are offered to kids but he did not mention which courses may be cut or limited.

A third option for savings are the buses that take kids to class and home each day.  Gibson says the district has reached an agreement with the transportation provider to create new savings.

If all of these options are not enough Gibson admits lay-offs and an increase in class sizes may be needed but he says he doesn't want to forecast that at this point.  He says right now the budget is a moving target and he won't know what he's dealing with until a final budget is passed.

Gibson says he's ready to, "get creative," to try to maintain as much of his teaching staff as is possible.