PPS Cuts on Maintenance to Save Cash

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Peoria Public Schools looks to save money by making cuts to its maintenance department.

The school board voted Monday night to leave four open positions in the maintenance department vacant.  It will also look to cut costs by getting rid of surplus properties, or making changes to some, including old school buildings.

The district expects to save over $900,000 dollars after the changes are made.

The state still owes Peoria Public Schools close to $8 million dollars for this year. Last year at this time, the state had paid some of that money back.  

The school board also voted to authorize a line of credit up to $10 million for the district. It would be used to pay bills if the state funding does not come through on time. As of now, the state might only be able to send in $1 million, but leaders say that money is not guaranteed and bill could go unpaid without the credit.  

District leaders also listened to more feedback from presentations of the three-tiered bell system, and broke down more of those results. Parents said their biggest concern was safety. The board says it’s important to use that input when making a decision for the 2018-2019 school year.

Board members also listened to a first reading of a policy update, which would protect students from handing over their social media passwords to the school district. 

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