Budget cuts for CPS

Staff Writer

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced individual school budgets for the upcoming 2016-17 school year yesterday, July 14.

For local neighborhood schools, the average budget cuts sit at about a 2.8 percent decrease from the previous budget, which is a lot smaller than the 20 to 30 percent cuts CPS predicted in May.

Budgets for the recent 2015-16 school year were adjusted in February and the following numbers are compared with that adjusted budget.

Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave., has a budget of $6,493,221, which is a $422,815 difference from last school year. Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., is also facing big cuts with a new budget of $11,662,447 instead of last year’s $11,772,709. That is a $110,262 difference.

Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th St., has $57,366 in cuts, Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Ave., will receive $60,996 less than it did last year, Ray Elementary School, 5361 S. Kimbark Ave., is facing $60,138 in cuts, Reavis Elementary School, 834 E. 50th St., at $63,164 in cuts and Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th St., will be cut $77,781 from last year’s budget.

Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th St., actually has an increase in its overall budget for the 2016-17 school year. The school has a new budget of $2,680,639, which is a 2.8 percent increase of funds compared to the previous budget.

Bret Harte Principal, Shenethe Parks, explained the increase in the budget saying, “Bret Harte received a decrease in [student based budgeting], [supplemental general state aid] and Title I funds. However, we received Title II funds, which helped to offset some of the cuts received to our overall budget.”