The Moline School District will soon save more than $1.5 million, but it comes at a high price.
Students may not have as many choices when they start school next year. That's because at last night's school board meeting, members decided to cut some electives and more than a dozen teachers.
"The primary loss the students may experience is a reduction in the number of opportunities they have to take elective courses over their four years," said Dr. David Moyer, superintendent of the Moline School District.
It's a loss that has some folks worried.
"I don't think it's a very good idea because a lot of times the kids need a break from just scholastics," said Judy Chandler, whose grandson goes to Moline High School.
"They live for the extra...you know, those classes. That's their break from the math and the studying and all that, that's their fun time," said Jacquline Hesser, whose daughter goes to Moline High School.
Others are okay with cutting some electives..
"I think some of the nonessential cuts are fine, but the original 3 R's, reading, writing, arithmetic, should be expanded," said Russ Anderson, whose grandson goes to Moline High School.
It's still not clear which electives and teachers won't be there next year. That'll depend partly on student interest when signing up for courses after the holidays.
But regardless of what's cut, the superintendent said he and the board members aren't unsympathetic, it's just something that had to be done.
"We feel like we have some difficult decision to make and we're trying to do it in a way that we can provide high quality educational opportunities for our students," said Dr. Moyer.
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