The Alton School District is preparing to move to a "paired school" plan for this fall and as a result, will layoff 10 teachers. The school board approved the cuts during a special meeting this week, a move that was anticipated when the district announced the plan earlier this year.
The impacted teachers will be notified of the "reduction in force" although they could be called back to work if there's a spike in the student population or a job opening at one of the schools. The move to paired schools is estimated to save the district a minimum of $560,000 per year according to district Director of Financial Services Chris Norman:
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Norman says with the uncertainty of state school funding, the district needed to act in a way that could provide long term savings. Under the plan the schools would be paired as follows: Lewis and Clark with North, Lovejoy and Eunice Smith with East, and Gilson Brown with West. The new alignment will begin this fall.