(KMOV) -- The Alton school board voted Tuesday evening to cut more than 45 jobs in the district. All of the teachers let go were in their first three years of teaching.
The cuts are coming because Illinois is behind on paying its bills. Alton schools have not seen a check from Illinois since December, and that was money the district was supposed to receive in September.
This gap in payment means 48 people could lose their jobs - 29 of those positions include certified staff like teachers and counselors. The rest will be made up of positions like teachers assistants.
Overall, this and other cost-cutting methods will save the district $2 million. The layoffs will take effect in the fall of 2010.
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