The superintendent of Cahokia School District says job cuts have nothing to do with the failure of a bond earlier this week.
On Tuesday, voters rejected a plan for the district to issue $32 million in bonds to pay for a new high school and make other repairs.
In an extensive interview with News 4, district superintendent Pamela Manning says the cuts are because the state has not paid the district. Manning says residents and the city are broke and don’t have the money to support the bond.
Now the school will have to find a way to make $26 million in repairs.
With money so tight, the Manning insists an upcoming board trip to Boston she’s taking is necessary for training new board members.
“The board members can not help where those meetings are held. Because they’re trying to make sure, I believe anyway, there is a consistency of board members all across the United States of what’s expected of them,” said Manning.
Manning says she’s already spoken to the state superintendent to see if there is some way the state government can help pay the repair bill.