A southwestern Illinois school district is blaming cuts in state funding for its tentative plan to eliminate dozens of teaching jobs and go next school year without an athletic director, coaches or extracurricular activities.
The Cahokia School District 187′s board agreed on Monday night to the possible cuts, which would target 52 teachers, administrators and about two dozen non-certified workers.
Superintendent Art Ryan says a final decision in the 4,000-student district won’t come until the state signs off on a budget.
Ryan says the state is $1.2 million behind in payments to the district, and failing to make cuts would mean the district would run out of money in a year.
He adds that board needed to address the cuts Monday to legally give affected employees a 45-day notice.