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Macomb schools to cut $330K from budget

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Another Tri-State school is forced to make drastic budget cuts.

At Monday's Macomb school board meeting, it was decided that $330,000 needs to be cut to make up for the lack of state funding.

Board President Robert Shouse says those cuts will run deep, with the possibility of up to six teachers losing their jobs.

But parents say they aren't blaming the schools. They're are blaming the state of Illinois. 

"We really can't blame the schools, it starts with our federal government then our state government people just haven't taken care of business, they let this debt accumulate," one parent said.

"It's not going to help at all what's going on with the state, school is where the education is, and that's what we need is education."

Shouse agrees with parents. He says the $330,000 in cuts are all apart of a 4-year, $1.5 million dollar spending containment plan the board approved last night and it wasn't an easy decision.

"It was a necessity to do, it wasn't anything that the board, superintendent, anybody enjoyed doing. We didn't want to do it," Shouse said.

Shouse says the bulk of the cuts could come from cutting 3 teachers, two study hall teachers, and filling retirement vacancies with newer teachers at lower salaries.

However, the cut that might hurt most? The $88,000 in supplement money that will be taken from the district's Title One Reading program. Shouse says that cut will mean fewer students will receive the help they need to get to grade level reading, as an additional teacher could be cut, forcing other teachers to take on larger classes.

"You know you have bigger class sizes you don't get the individual attention as you would in a smaller class, so you know it's going to have an effect, it's unfortunate we're just at that point where we don't have a choice."

Shouse says he's not counting on the trend in cuts coming anytime soon.

"I'm a little bit of a pessimist so I won't see the light until I see more numbers."

Macomb's sports programs will also feel the sting as $28,000 will be cut from the district's athletic program.

Final decisions on just what will be on the table for cuts will be made at the April 17 school board meeting.

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