(KMOV) – The Edwardsville School District is looking to cut another 24 positions as they start negotiating a new contract with teachers.
The state of Illinois is now $8 billion in debt, which is causing massive cuts to schools all over the state.
“My reaction is we're devastated with the cuts not only for the teachers but for our students, the programs that will be impacted by the number of employees we're losing it's just not going to be the same," said superintendent Ed Hightower.
The cuts include retired teachers, tenured and non-tenured, support staff and administrative positions.
The state owes the district $2 million in aid and hasn’t paid Edwardsville in over six months.
Teachers wore pink at Monday’s school district meeting to symbolize pink slips for jobs soon to be lost until the district can find more funding.