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Macomb school board finalizes cuts and reductions

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MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

The Macomb School Board finalized a total of $435,324 in cuts and reductions during Monday night's regular meeting.

Macomb Superintendent Dr. Alene Reuschel says the district was forced to cut three full-time and five part staff members. The five part-time employees could be re-hired next school year depending on funding.

Dr. Reuschel says that although the cuts were difficult for everyone, it could have been worse.

"We lost $660,000 in general state aid," Reuschel said. "But, we found other ways to save money with compaction, reallocation and realignment. We worked very hard to keep the integrity of classes."

The board also decided to lower daily hours for 37 program assistants from 6 hours to five hours per day. Dr. Reushel says these reductions were because of health insurance changes related to the Affordable Health Care Act. 

A total of $28,000 in the athletic department was also cut which included the elimination of freshman football and after-school fitness center operation and supervision.

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