Michael Calhoun

CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOX) – The Cahokia School Board met for six hours Monday evening, but could not make a decision on whether to follow-through with a plan for drastic lay-offs.

“They’re looking at approximately seventy teachers, certified staff, and seventy support personnel, secretaries, custodians, maintenance and administrators,” teachers’ union president Brent Murphy explains.

That’s a total of 140 staff members, and he says about 20 percent of the district’s total number of teachers.

Board members are taking a week to think it over and will likely vote next Monday. Murphy isn’t optimistic about a change.

“At this point, I don’t think that they would be able to completely stop the lay-offs,” he says.

The district’s financial situation is due to a mix of declining property tax revenue and the state of Illinois not coming through with funding as promised.

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