Jobs at Galesburg Schools are gone after the school board meets and decides to eliminate positions Monday night. It’s the second year in a row the board voted to cut jobs.
The cuts include dozens of jobs; at least ten elementary teachers, health services, library staff and security officers. The board also voted against adding extra assistant principal positions. The school district’s superintendent says there isn’t enough money coming from Springfield to maintain operations.
“I wish we didn’t have to make the cuts last year, and here we are back here again this year because the state’s not paying their bills,” said Ralph Grimm, Galesburg Superintendent.
Grimm says the state owes the Galesburg School District more than $8.5 million. The proposed cuts would save the district about $800,000.
Nine opponents shared their complaints about the cuts with the school board.
They say the district should dip into its $6 million held over in reserves until Illinois passes a state budget.
The teacher’s union president says these cuts would be harder because the district already made cuts in the past.
“We took a big hit last year with the budget cuts, and ultimately lost a lot of teachers, and students then was kind of watered down their education systems, and now these proposals, it’s going to water down that education system even more,” said David Sharp, Galesburg Education Association President.
These cuts would take effect at the beginning of the next academic year. They’re still discussing the rest of the budget items.