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O’Fallon, Ill. school district reverses some cuts after outcry from students, parents

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The O'Fallon, Illinois school board meeting on Tuesday, February 28. Credit: KMOV The O'Fallon, Illinois school board meeting on Tuesday, February 28. Credit: KMOV
O'FALLON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Two days after voting to eliminate eight teaching positions to save money, the O’Fallon, Illinois school board scaled back some of the cuts.

Thursday, the board decided to just cut four teachers, instead of eight. It also voted to restore programs that it cut or reduced on Tuesday. The cuts sparked a push back from parents and students, who staged a walkout from class on Thursday.

“We can speak out and we can make difference, that’s what made all the importance to us,” said parent Penny Cooper.

One school board member said the reaction of parents and students had an effect.

“The public reaction had a huge amount of the change of heart as far as the board is concerned,” said school board member Keith Richter.

The board scrambled quickly to come up with a new plan to deal with a shortfall caused by a lack of state funding. The district will now be dipping into its rainy day fund for an extra $400,000.  However, the district still has to work to do achieve a balance budget.

The budget standoff in Springfield has put the squeeze on many school districts across Illinois. If the standoff continues, O’Fallon, Illinois schools will run out of reserve funds in less than five years.

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