5 teachers given layoff notices in Breese, Ill.

BREESE, IL (KTVI)– A small Illinois school district is facing a big financial problem. The Breese, Illinois district is voting on teacher cuts.

The district is more than $600,000 in the hole.

By law, if the board intends on laying any teachers off next year, it must give them 45 days notice before the end of this school year and that deadline is here. So that`s why they`re starting with teachers, but will still consider other options.

The district blames cuts in state funding for the woes. There are currently a little more than 40 certified teachers and the district is looking to cut 3 or 4 jobs.

The superintendent also says funding for extracurricular activities will likely not be available next year.

Students and their parents will need to pay greater fees. Right now there is a $25 fee they pay.

Voters in this district turned down a recent attempt to raise taxes. And the district is still waiting to determine how much local tax money they`ll collect because the county assessor has yet to determine assessed property values.

Parents are concerned about class sizes getting bigger and they don`t like the idea of losing teachers, first.

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