The Edwardsville School District Board of Education has voted to make about $3 million in cuts, including 86 jobs, in an effort to balance the annual budget. Superintendent Ed Hightower says the cuts were necessary in order to avoid raising property taxes. Hightower says the state of Illinois owes the district about $2 million.
The job cuts will come in two phases. In the first round, the cuts will include include 10 administrators, 6 high school teachers, 10 teaching positions that will not be filled after retirements, 31 part time teacher aides, a full time aide, and two maintenance jobs. Also on the chopping block will be tens of thousands of dollars in athletics, performing arts, maintenance and the drivers education program. The second phase will include two dozen elementary and middle school teachers, but that could depend on negotiations with the teachers union. Hightower will offer revenue generating ideas at the next school board meeting.