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Pink slips may be on the way for some school district employees

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Pink slips might be coming soon for some Quincy Public School District employees.

This would be the seventh year in a row for staff cuts at QPS, something parents in the district aren't happy to hear.

"I'm not happy. I mean, at this point, class sizes are already too big," Quincy parent, Kayleigh Stratton said.
   
Since 2008, spring staff cuts have nearly become a ritual for the Quincy Public School District. With more possible pink slips to be handed down in the next few weeks, Quincy parents say, they've had enough.
   
"Honestly, if I could stay home and home school my children, I'd pull them out of the district, it's just not worth it anymore, it's not like it was even when I was in school, and that wasn't that long ago," Stratton said.

"I think it's devastating because that's going to put more stress on the teachers and it'll be stressful for them and I think the kids will suffer from it as well." Sheila Biggs said.

QPS Business manager Joel Murphy says the school board plans to hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. March 26 to conduct a public hearing on its decision "to reduce the number of certificated employees and the honorable dismissals of said employees."
    
"We have to be able to plan for the possibility that we may be getting significantly less funds than what we've had in the past," Murphy said.
   
While Murphy would not comment on just how many employees would be affected by the reductions, he did say the lack of state funding will play a role in the decision-making process.
   
"We only have a certain amount of dollars we can work under and we have to do our best to make sure that we work within those dollars that we have," Murphy said. "So we have to look at all the options in all the things that we have to make what we do work."

By law, notices of any reductions in force must be given to employees at least 45 days before the end of the school term. 

In March 2013, 16 staff members were cut. In 2012, the board announced $1.5 million in budget cuts impacting 66 employees; some with lay-offs, others with pay cuts. In 2011, 31 positions were cut at a savings close to $1.8 million.

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