BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Two school districts in Belleville are laying off several employees because of uncertainty about state funding.
The Belleville School District School board voted to cut three first-year teachers and nine teaching assistants because of to the district. The Belleville School District 118 school board unanimously approved the dismissals of one full-time teacher and 24 teaching assistants at its meeting Tuesday night.
Belleville School District Superintendent Jeff Dosier calls it “an unfortunate thing” but a necessary “precaution.” For three years, Illinois public school districts haven’t gotten the full share of general state aid as promised to them by state law.
Assistant Superintendent Brian Mentzer says the state owes the district nearly $2.1 million. He expects that figure to grow to $3.3 million by April 1.
Dosier estimates the layoffs and the expected retirements of seven teachers at the end of the school year should save the district $1 million.