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QPS to replace 35 teachers with less experienced staff

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The Quincy School Board met in a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss "the dismissal of specific employees of the school district."

Superintendent Steve Cobb announced 17 teachers are retiring when the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close. A total of 18 resignations have also been submitted. Cobb says those teachers will be replaced with less experienced staff members, likely first-year teachers.

Cobb says those 35 positions are all certified teaching positions and will be replaced with less experienced staff members. Cobb says while this may sound alarming for parents, he says replacing veteran staff members with newer teachers is all a part of the hiring cycle.

"We do have retirements, and this is the never ending cycle to bring new teachers in who have also been taught educational studies at the universities that are coming in. Now, it's a new breed every time. That's part of our life when you go through education, you get new teachers and you have people retire."

Cobb estimates the district will save $500,000 from replacing the positions with newer teachers.

But, it will very likely have an impact on the experience level of teachers at QPS. Some parents and community members question that move.

"Of course it's going to be a savings to the district, because you have the experience. But, I think some people are going to lean where they like to have people with experience," Quincy resident Randy Dickens said.

"They could be some of those new teachers that are really going to be good, and be an asset, and they're could be some that aren't," QPS Parent Susan Boyer said.

"I will, however, throw out a word of caution as we move forward regarding 2015-2016 since it is still undetermined what budget impacts await us from the Illinois legislature," Cobb said in a statement.

"With this unknown, I anticipate we will begin discussions of budget impact for 2015-2016 to begin this summer and continue through the fall," Cobb added.

The meeting lasted around 45 minutes, with the board going in to special executive session for 20 minutes.

Coming up tonight on WGEM News at Six, we'll look deeper into the impact these cuts will have on your child's education.
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