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Federal Aid Helps Moline Schools Hire New Teachers

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Federal aid will help the Moline School District hire some new teachers as it tries to help students make up for the past year of remote and hybrid learning.

Monday night the board of education gave its final approval to a budget for the coming school year.

Chief Financial Officer Dave McDermott says the 139 million dollar budget includes 24 million federal dollars, and that will help pay for 40 new, temporary teachers.

"It's evident that there was a great learning loss, and the hope is in-person instruction will help us address that and get the students where they need to be."

The Moline schools will also receive some of the 350 million dollars in new state aid approved by the Illinois General Assembly, but he doesn't yet know how much.

McDermott says included in the new budget is a small increase in revenue from property taxes, two per cent, based on tax rates set last December.