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Cuts Made in Edwardsville School District

Michael Calhoun
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Teachers and their supporters wear the color pink as Edwardsville, Ill. school board members vote on budget cuts which include the elimination of 62 district positions on March 13, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Teachers and their supporters wear the color pink as Edwardsville, Ill. school board members vote on budget cuts which include the elimination of 62 district positions on March 13, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL. (KMOX) - The Edwardsville School Board voted Monday night to eliminate 62 positions. The cuts will include 19 teachers, 33 support personnel and 10 administrators.

Board members said the cuts are necessary because the state of Illinois continues to fall behind on payments to school districts.

Besides the personnel cuts, the board said there will be cuts to athletic and arts programs.

“It causes you to hurt,” superintendent Ed Hightower said of his decision to recommend the budget moves.

There could also be pay cuts in the future for remaining employees because the union contract is up for re-negotiation.

“We are not going to say yes or no, because we have to go in and talk about that behind closed doors,” union co-president Sallie Clark said. “And then we will make a decision then.”

Dave Boedeker questioned why a tax increase is not being considered.

“If you’re getting to the point where you’re dismantling the district, maybe it is time to ask voters: ‘is that what you want or not?'”

Edwardsville schools have suffered nearly seven million dollars in cuts over the last three years but have been able to avoid layoffs — until now.

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