ABC 20 Streaming LiveSpotlight 20Pump PatrolRaw NewsIn the KitchenKnow Your Candidates

Forecast

SATURDAY: Sunny. High: 49. Winds: North 5-10 mph.SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 30. Winds: Southeast 5-10 mph.SUNDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 50. Winds: South 10-15 mph.Joe ...

more »

Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Ball-Chatham Schools Propose Staff, Program and Spending Cuts

Like many school districts in central Illinois, the Ball-Chatham School District is in the red. That is why the administration is recommending the school board pass $2.6 million in cuts.

“The board's directive to us was to balance the budget but do so with the least amount of impact as possible to students,” Ball-Chatham Superintendent Carrie VanAlstine said.                 

It's a difficult thing to do, with less money from the state going toward the district that is growing.

“Now the only reason that we're doing as well as we are is because of that increase in the number of people and the number of businesses in the district because as they come on the tax rolls we have that property tax available to us,” Ball-Chatham School Board President Jim Neuses said.                 

But that is still not enough to balance the district’s $40 million budget, which is more than $800,000 short.

“The largest portion of our education fund is our salaries and benefits, and so those are the areas that we focus on very heavily,” ValAlstine said.                

The plan is for administrators, like VanAlstine, to take a pay freeze. Then, some positions will be eliminated through attrition and lay-offs.

“Between 15 and 17 teaching positions as well as some athletic positions," VanAlstine said.                 

And speaking of athletics, school sports and clubs are facing cuts too.

“There are some reductions in the number of students that may be involved in an athletic sport because we have fewer coaching," VanAlstine said. "We're reducing some of the coaching staff."            

The district is also reducing spending by holding on to an aging bus fleet to save $300,000. 

“We know we can delay that cost," VanAlstine said. "We can put that off as well as things such as uniforms or textbook purchases."

Meanwhile, the president of the union that represents teachers in the district said these cuts have resulted in increased class size, and further cuts are very concerning.               

The school board will vote on the proposal in March.  


 
  • WICS :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola



  • WICS :: News - Know Your Candidates

    Know Your Candidates

    Learn about the candidates running for office near you!
  • WICS :: News - Traffic

    Traffic

    Get up to the minute traffic reports from WICS NewsChannel 20!
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin News

    Road Trippin News

    Missed a Road Trippin segment that aired in the news? Check it out here!
  • WICS :: News - Health Matters

    Health Matters

    Featuring news segment videos about health.
  • WICS :: News - In The Kitchen

    In The Kitchen

    Watch the area's best chefs whip up their tastiest creations. See them in action and get their recipes to try at home. 
  • WICS :: News - Behind The Headlines

    Behind The Headlines

    Get Behind the Headlines commentary with Mark Hyman.
  • WICS :: News - Ready, Set, Shred

    Ready, Set, Shred

    In an exclusive eight-week investigation, ABC Newschannel 20 digs deep into the Springfield police document shredding scandal.
  • WICS :: News - Pay it Forward

    Pay it Forward

    Pay It Forward... because sometimes people need a little extra help.
  • WICS :: News - Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Do you need expert advice? Here's your chance to ask our experts!
  • WICS :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • WICS :: News - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us! Check out all the great attractions in your area!
  • WICS :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Check out the ABC Newschannel 20's Pump Patrol to find the lowest prices, report low prices and get gas saving tips.

  • WICS :: News - Spotlight 20

    Spotlight 20

    Local organizations and community leaders tell us about events in central Illinois.
  • WICS :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch extra news footage, full interviews, and extended stories that didn't make it on air.  "Raw News" may include content that is not suitable for children and is intended for mature audiences only.
  • WICS :: News - On the Farm

    On the Farm

    Whether it's topical segments on what's happening on local farms to commodity prices, we have the world of central Illinois agriculture covered.
  • WICS :: News - Fugitive Files

    Fugitive Files



  • WICS :: News - Home Room

    Home Room

    When's the next school board meeting? Where's the basketball game? What's for lunch today? Do we have a snow day tomorrow? We have all the information you need for a successful school year--no pencil or ...
  • WICS :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year. Many more are seriously injured.  Keep central Illinois roads safe by taking the "No Text Zone" pledge.
  • WICS :: News - Business News

    Business News

    Stay up-to-date on the biggest business stories from around the nation.
  • WICS :: News - Pet of the Week

    Pet of the Week

    The cutest video you'll see anywhere! You won't be able to resist these adorable friends who need someone to love them.
  • WICS :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments are using your money wisely...or wasting it.
  • WICS :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • WICS :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

more »

Tonight on WICS


7:00am
Good Morning America

11:00am
College Football

2:00pm
College Football Countdown

2:30pm
College Football
Pop quiz! Which team leads the nation in scoring? The Horned Frogs of TCU, who laid 82 on Texas Tech last week and average 50 ppg. The No. 7 Horned Frogs (6-1) face the No. 20 Mountaineers (6-2) in Morgantown, W.Va.

6:00pm
Newschannel 20 at 6

7:00pm
College Football
Big Ten encounter puts the Fighting Illini on the road to face the Buckeyes.

10:30pm (after College Football)
Newschannel 20 at 10


Complete Schedule »


WICS Pay It Forward
Scandal
WICS Cheers For The Years
Jimmy Kimmel
WICS Storm Team