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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) — School officials in two Metro East communities made painful decisions Monday night to cut teachers and reduce spending.

In Collinsville the school board voted last night to eliminate 16 full-time and three part-time teaching positions starting next school year.

As part of a plan to slash 2-million dollars from their budget, the district will leave positions that open up as a result of retirement unfilled, and will also trim spending on equipment, travel and technology.

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In nearby Belleville, the budget axe fell on one part-time and three full-time teaching positions.

Assistant Superintendent Brian Mentzer explained that the cuts had to be made, in part, because of the state’s failure to keep up with its payments to school districts.

By the end of this month the state will owe Belleville schools 3-million dollars.

Mentzer also warned that more reductions in spending will have to be made soon.

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