Cahokia schools to make drastic staffing cuts, could go without -

Cahokia schools to make drastic staffing cuts, could go without sports

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

(KMOV) – The Cahokia School District is blaming cuts in state funding for its tentative plan to eliminate dozens of teaching jobs and go next school year without an athletics director, coaches or extracurricular activities.

The Cahokia School District 187’s board agreed on Monday night to the possible cuts, which would target 52 teachers, at least six administrators and about two dozen noncertified workers.

Superintendent Art Ryan says a final decision in the 4,000-student district won’t come until the state signs off on a budget.

The school district says it’s at the point where it’s consolidated its staff as much as it can. With the state falling short on its end, the district has to ax between $4 million to $5 million for the upcoming school year.

Ryan said the state is $1.2 million behind in payments to the district, and failing to make cuts would mean the district would run out of money in a year.

All extra-curricular activities, such as sports, clubs and organizations were also cut from the 2013- 2014 school year.

Larger class sizes are also a possibility as Cahokia is solely living on the state’s aid.

In addition to more than 50 teachers being laid off, the district is looking at letting go more than two dozen support staff members and at least six administrators.

Ryan said that board needed to address the cuts Monday to legally give affected employees a 45-day notice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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