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CPS trims $17 million from 2014 budget

Switching to Google email is one of several ways Chicago Public Schools will shave an additional $17 million from its 2014 fiscal year budget, Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced Friday.

Although the 2014 budget is not yet finalized, the 2013 budget topped out at $5.1 billion.

The cuts, all from the CPS Central Office, include:

◆ $6 million in renegotiated health care contracts.

◆ $2.1 million from the switch to Google email, calendar and other services.

◆ $2.1 million from reduced information technology costs.

◆ $2 million from renegotiated office supply contracts.

◆ $2 million from in-sourced or eliminated consultants.

◆ $1 million from a reduction in external legal counsel and from moving legal work in house.

◆ $1 million from a new waste-management contract.

◆ $500,000 from a purchasing system for use by schools.

◆ $200,000 in reductions in non-personnel costs in the communications office and from using fund-raising to pay for back-to-school projects.

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