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More than 80 jobs at stake in Edwardsville school budget cuts

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(KMOV) -- Budget cuts will go before the District 7 school board, Monday in Edwardsville, Illinois. The district is trying to manage the continued loss of state income.

Three million dollars in cuts over a two-phase program this year is what Superintendent Ed Hightower will suggest. This will include about 86 people losing their jobs.

"It comes to the point where you have to make sacrifices," Hightower said. "The state is not getting any better."

The first phase will included the cutting of jobs within the district.  This includes teachers, a psychologist, a speech therapist, 31 part-time teacher's aides and 10 administrators.

Those administrators who will keep their jobs will experience a pay freeze for the fourth straight week.

Other cuts include $150,000 reduced in athletics and performing arts, $80,000 reduced in operations and maintenance, $22,500 saved by phasing out the district's participation with the Collinsville Area Vocational program, $25,500 reduced in driver's education and $30,000 reduced in service contracts.

In phase two, Hightower said he will have to negotiate with the unions that represent the District's employees.  The three unions are all up for contract renewal this summer.

Hightower said the negotiated cuts may include 24 more certified employees.

The meeting will be held Monday, March 12, at Woodland Elementary at 7:30 p.m.


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