The Edwardsville School District is trying to save $3 million and plans to layoff 60 teachers and teachers aides next school year. Superintendent Ed Hightower says continued reductions in state funding and his unwillingness to go back to district residents for more tax money means job cuts and other reductions will be implemented.


Hightower said this week the staff reductions will include about 28 certified teachers 33 full and part time aides, along with no filling seven retiring positions. He says they will also make cuts through various departments, but will also keep an eye on state funding. Illinois lawmakers are trying to find funding for education, while at the same time balance its budget and could make cuts to transportation funding and special education in the coming year.

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