The District 186 school board has given final approval to implement the cuts that were laid out weeks ago. Monday's vote cuts more than 100 positions in the district, including 59 teaching positions.
But because of attrition, the actual number of teachers receiving pink slips is 16. Most of those individuals will be rehired before the start of the next school year as more vacancies arise, but Springfield Education Association president Dan Ford notes that the 16 teaching positions will be gone -- and that will have a detrimental effect on class size and student performance.
Other cuts include adminstrative assistants, math coaches, district mentors, and non-teaching staff.