• Feb 28, 2013, 6:40am CST Updated: Feb 28, 2013, 7:23am CST

    St. Louis Public Schools could face job cuts, 3 school closings

    Staff St. Louis Business Journal

    Three schools would be closed and 134 jobs eliminated under a plan proposed Wednesday by St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams to deal with increased costs and falling revenue.

    Class sizes also would be increased across the system under the proposal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The schools slated for closure are Sherman Elementary and L'Ouverture Middle, both of which would close after this school year, and Cleveland NJROTC High, which would not accept freshmen this fall and would graduate its final class in 2016. All have faced closure before, but were spared.

    Adams proposed a plan to cut more than $14 million from the district's $282.2 million budget. The 134 jobs that could be cut under the plan are comprised of 82 teachers and 20 nurses, counselors and social workers. The cuts in teaching staff would come through increased class sizes, by two to three children in each grade.

    Early retirement incentive offers for 401 employees, with potential savings of $3.5 million over three years, also are part of the plan.

    The school district is facing the end of several federal grants, and local and state education funds aren't keeping up with increasing costs, such as an expected 10 percent increase in employee benefits.

    Public forums on the proposal will be held Saturday.