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Galesburg Schools to Cut $3 Million and 75 Jobs

Galesburg High School

The Galesburg School District will cut 75 full-time jobs and over $3 million from its budget next year. Last night, the Board of Education spent over three hours debating Superintendent Ralph Grimm's recommendations.

Grimm says the board approved nearly all of his 44 proposed cuts. They include teaching and coaching jobs, administrative positions, and custodial staff. 
Grimm says reductions will happen across every department. And, the board also approved moving the alternative high school to the main high school campus, which could save $600,000. 

He says the cuts are necessary because of declining enrollment and the district's $2.6 million deficit. 

But all plans remain uncertain without an Illinois state budget. If funding remains at the same level, Grimm says the Galesburg School District will finally have a balanced budget. 

If enough state funding comes through, some jobs could be saved.

The Galesburg School Board should name the specific staff reductions next month.