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Moline Schools Cut $845,000; Wrap Up $2 Million In Budget Cuts

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The Moline School Board wrapped up its budget cuts heading into the next school year.

It faced a four million dollar deficit and decided to trim two million dollars in costs.

Plugging the rest of the gap with rainy day funds.

It approved an 845 thousand cut at its meeting on Monday. Cuts the board says are painful, but hope won't have to go any deeper.

"They're always painful, we try and do what's going to have the least impact on students but we know it's going to impact some," says Board President Connie McElyea.

She says cutting budgets is never easy. The board approved cutting textbook updates and technology upgrades to make up the shortfall. McElyea hopes this is as far as the district has to go. Superintendent David Moyer believes it is.

"I think we can survive this round of cuts this year, even though there are some things that we're going to have to do without," says Moyer.

He says the district has a two to three year plan in place to continue watching its budget carefully. Though he worries about the instability of state funding and economic development incentives that rob the district of much needed cash.

"At the point that we have to go much deeper than where we're at right now and what our plans are, that next point is where some of the public is going to notice some things in the educational programs that they're not going to want to see," says Moyer.

The superintendent says there are some benefits to the cuts that they have approved Monday. Delaying textbook adoptions will allow the district to get its curriculum up to where it needs to be before it makes a major in such a technology as books.

The school district says it's meeting with economic development officials to discuss the impact on school budgets certain incentives have.

The district says it cannot rely on the state for now to come through with promised school funding.

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