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October 24, 2014, 9:44 am
970 WMAY News

Dist. 186 School Board Votes to Cut $7 Million From Budget

Three Springfield schools will be closed as part of nearly $7 million in budget cuts approved by the school board Monday night.


A divided board voted to adopt more than $5 million in cuts proposed by Superintendent Walter Milton, including the closure of Wanless and Pleasant Hill schools, with those students to be relocated to the old Feitshans  building.


The board rejected a list put together by a citizens committee, with one exception… the closure of the Capitol College Preparatory Academy.


Opponents say those school closings will devastate poorer neighborhoods and disproportionately affect the North End and East Side.


More than 100 jobs were eliminated, including elementary and high school teaching positions and security jobs at the middle and high schools.


But middle school teachers and elementary school librarians were spared.

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