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By Heartland News

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) - With the Illinois governor's announcement of massive cuts to education, the Du Quoin School District is now considering cuts that may include layoffs and other cost saving measures.

Superintendent Gary Kelly says the district faces a total budget shortfall of as much as $1.9 million in state aid.

The district is meeting with faculty and staff in collective bargaining sessions in an effort to work together to whittle down the debt.

But Kelly says that job is made even tougher in southern Illinois because of the economics of the region.

"It's harder because in southern Illinois we don't have the tax base northern Illinois does to rely on," Kelly said.

Kelly is hopeful the governor's proposed tax increase for education may offset some of that massive shortfall.

In the meantime, the Du Quoin School Board will meet Thursday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on budget cuts.

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