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Top-Ranked Keller Elementary To See Budget Cut by $185K

 Keller Regional Gifted Center will have its budget slashed by $184,815.
Keller Regional Gifted Center will have its budget slashed by $184,815.
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CHICAGO — Keller Elementary, rated one of the top schools in Illinois, will see more than $180,000 cut from its budget.

Keller Regional Gifted Center, 3020 W. 108th St., has been ranked by various organizations as one of the top elementary schools in Illinois for years. But its budget will be slashed by $184,815 while enrollment is expected to fall by seven students to 238, according to data released last week by CPS.

Chicago Public Schools announced that neighborhood schools will see almost $60 million in cuts citywide, while charter schools and other charter programs for at-risk students would see a combined $30 million in gains.

Budget changes for schools in Mt. Greenwood, Beverly and Morgan Park:

• Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences: -$183,622

• Cassell Elementary: +$103,359

• Mount Greenwood Elementary: +$299,653

• Vick Early Childhood and Family Center: -$277,248

• Keller Elementary: -$184,815

• Barnard Elementary: +$52,783

• Chicago International Charter School Longwood: -$342,249

• Chicago International Charter School Loomis: +$90,604

• Clissold Elementary: -$5,268

• Colemon Elementary: +$39,894

• Esmond Elementary: -$334,262

• Excel Academy Chicago: +$176,863

• Foundations College Prep: +$858,247

• Garvey Elementary: +$93,569

• Green Elementary: +$191,820

• Higgins Elementary: -$376,017

• Johnston Charter High School: -$573,074

• Julian High School: -$1,789,140

• Morgan Park High School: +$550,384

• Mount Vernon Elementary: +$9,668

• Shoop Elementary: -$24,679

• Sutherland Elementary: -$146,866

• Vanderpoel Elementary: -$10,106

• Wacker Elementary: -$64,844

• Whistler Elementary: -$315,087

• White Elementary: -$2,242

In a media conference call on student-based budgeting last week, CPS Chief Financial Officer Ginger Ostro said 238 schools would see increased funding, at a total of $68.5 million, while 416 see budgets cut, at a total of $99.5 million.

"Money follows the students," Ostro said, adding that projected CPS enrollment for the coming school year is 372,275, down about 1 percent from last year.

According to the district, so-called neighborhood schools are expected to enroll about 4,000 fewer students in the fall, while charters increase enrollment by about 3,000 students.

Basic student-based budgeting would remain level at $4,390 a student for grades 4-8, with $4,697 for students in kindergarten through third grade and $5,444 a pupil in high schools.

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