Economy Affects Some Districts' Summer School

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

When the Lindbergh Mo. School District starts summer school on June 11, there will be no elementary or middle school courses.

The decision to make the change to the program was not easy, said Nancy Rathjen, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

"We've had to make some cuts to balance the budget," Rathjen said. "We didn't want to, but it had to be done."

The tough economy is affecting South County school districts in different ways. Some have simplified their summer classes while others haven't made any summer school changes. Lindbergh has seen financial problems during the past four years. It lost about $18 million in revenues because of lower property assessments and sales taxes.

It had to make $700,000 in cuts to balance the $59 million 2012-2013 budget. By cutting out elementary and middle school summer courses, the district was able to save $180,000. The cuts will affect about 200 students.

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