About 350 people attended the public forum Wednesday discussing a plan that could lead to what is known as "paired schools" in the Alton School District.  The tentative plan could be considered by the school board by spring.  Some employees appear to support the plan, while others do not.

The annual minimum estimated savings using the paired school plan would be $560,000 per year.  Alton Education Association President Brenda Powers tells The Big Z the union was not included in discussions about the plan.

School Board President Ed Gray tells The Big Z it is difficult to include the union in the early part of the planning process.

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The school pairings that are considered will be Lewis and Clark with North Elementary, Gilson Brown with West Elementary, and Eunice Smith and Lovejoy with East Elementary.  Ten jobs could be cut under the plan, but the total number of layoffs will depend on retirements or other job openings that might allow a staff member to be reassigned to another role.  You can hear the full conversations with Powers and Gray below.

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