Dist. 300 Cuts Would Nail Parochial Schools

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Byline: Jameel Naqvi jnaqvi@dailyherald.com

Last month, the Community Unit District 300 school board heard an earful from parents who oppose proposed cuts to transportation for the dual language

program.

That display, in which dozens of parents essentially forced the board to relocate its meeting to another venue at the last minute, could be a preview of things to come.

District 300 announced this week that the administration will formally recommend almost $1.6 million in cuts to transportation on Monday. Among the proposed

cuts:

* Eliminating buses for the Preschool for All program at Perry, Gilberts and Wright elementary schools, as well as the deLacey Family Education Center, for an estimated savings of $672,000.

* Eliminating special routes for students who attend parochial schools, for a savings of $285,000; parochial students would have to get on and off the bus at stops that already exist for District 300 schools -- or get a ride from

parents.

* Eliminating transportation for the dual language program, for a savings of $111,000.

* Eliminating buses for the Elgin Community College partnership, for a $118,000 savings.

The board has scheduled its Monday meeting for 7 p.m. …