South suburban Rich Township High School District 227 has laid off 48 full-time teachers, 33 instructional aides and six administrative staff for the 2012-13 school year.
The dismissals should save the district about $5.5 million, according to Supt. Donna Leak.
District 227 is looking to close an $8 million budget gap for the next school year caused by less state funding, late payments from the state and district funds being diverted to Southland Charter Prep High School in Richton Park, which is in its second year. The district also will cut one period from the daily class schedule for 2012-13.
“The success of students is inextricably linked to the commitment and creativity of our team,” Leak said. “It takes significant revenues to boost that propeller. Unfortunately we are currently experiencing a loss in revenue due to circumstances that are largely beyond our control.”