Michael Calhoun

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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Comments (2)
  1. Kristin says:

    I’d like to know what Madison County is doing with all the money they get from our property tax. My tax bill has gone up every year (even in this recession)
    They need to quit doing research on expanding the1-55-70 corridor and building bike trails that hardly anyone uses and put the money where it should be!!!

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