Parents and advocates opposed to a plan to cut electives in the St. Paul Public Schools will stage a rally outside district headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.
The event, including performances by school music groups, comes as district leaders grapple with ways to close a $15.1 million budget gap projected for the 2016-17 school year.
Among the cost-saving measures proposed by district administrators is the shifting of middle schools from seven- to six-period days and the limiting of art, music, language and other programming available in elementary and middle schools.
The move would save $7.5 million but is being fought by a citywide coalition calling itself "No Cuts To Kids." Organizers also are working on alternate recommendations on how the district could save money. Chief among them would be cuts at the central administration level.
"The district must make serving students in schools its top priority -- not high-paying, lower-priority jobs at the district headquarters," said Oredola Taylor, a parent at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School.
No Cuts To Kids hopes to draw hundreds of people to the event, which runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at 360 Colborne Street. The rally precedes a school board meeting that begins with a 5:30 p.m. public comment period.
The board still has time to weigh its options: Final adoption of the 2016-17 budget is not expected until June 21.