Cahokia school district could cut $3 million including art and sports programs

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 28 at 11:50 PM

CAHOKIA, Il. (KMOV.com) – The budget crisis in Illinois is so bad the Cahokia school district may have to make severe cuts to several programs including all extracurricular activities.

The Cahokia school district briefed teachers Monday on what might happen if funding from the state does not come in for the upcoming school year.

Officials say the school could be forced to cut all sports activities and eliminate art, music and physical education classes in elementary schools.

“Yeah, it makes you sad. But it's just part of life,” said football coach Antwyne Golliday. “You just have to deal with it. But with the kids. The kids are the ones who are going to lose."

Last school year, the district was forced to make $2.5 million worth of cuts. Now officials say they could cut $3 million more.

"At some point we cannot continue to do this on the backs of our children," said superintendent Arthur Ryan, "We can't keep cutting state aid and taking money away from schools, when it's taking programs away from kids."

Officials say the district could receive 20% less funding next school year.

The district says it won’t know until May if the cuts will go into effect, but the district wants to prepare for the worst.

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