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Brown County School district faced with major cuts because of lack of state funding

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MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (WGEM) -

Laying off teachers, cutting sports programs, increasing fees; anything and everything is on the table at Wednesday's Brown County School Board meeting, as the district looks to make up for budget shortfalls.

The district is looking to cut $658,000 from its budget and with literally no money coming in from the state, Superintendent Stan Adcock says the district has to make some decisions and fast.

Small classroom sizes could be a thing of a past for Brown County English Teacher Jenny Zimmerman.

Right now, Zimmerman has just 15 kids in her class, but with nearly a dozen staff cuts potentially on the way for the district, that could be changing.

"We run a pretty bare bones staff it feels like already and it seems very difficult to cut staff. I don't feel like we have extra people so even if they are smaller cuts, aids, things like that, we will still feel it and our students will still notice," said Zimmerman.

Brown County School District Superintendent Stan Adcock says many of the potential staff cuts are part time positions, with core curriculum full time jobs safe for now.

But Adcock says if funding from the state keeps slipping, full time job cuts aren't out of the question down the line.

"It's very likely we would cut some of our core curriculum and classes and some of those teachers, and then of course you'd see class sizes go from 15 to as much as 20-22 kids," said Adcock.

In addition to job cuts, Adcock says a slew of High School sports programs could also be put on the chopping block.

"High school track, we would be keeping middle school because numbers are phenomenal but at high school they are a lot lower, middle and high school cheerleading, could possibly go, golf could possibly go," said Adcock.

And as for Zimmerman, she says she has faith that whatever cuts do end up being made, the district will keep the students best interests in mind.

"They have the ultimate goal of making sure our students learn as much as possible, and they know they need effective teachers and good staff to make that happen," said Zimmerman.

The district is also looking into numerous fee increases for the 2013-2014 school year to generate more revenue.

Final decisions on what will be cut will be made during the districts board meeting on March 20.

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