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Rock Island/Milan District Rehires Laid Off Teachers

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It's been a tough year for the Rock Island/Milan School District, but the excitement of the new school year is here.

Students packed their backpacks on Monday morning, August 5, 2013, put on a new outfit and headed back to the classroom.  

Some were expecting big changes.

At the end of the last school year the district was forced to lay off 16 teachers.

The board of education had to make cuts to meet the district's four and a half million dollar budget shortfall.

The board unanimously agreed to a set of reductions, known as tier one cuts, that included increasing classroom sizes.

But as the new year begins, Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Superintendent of the Rock Island/Milan School District says the 16 teachers that were let go at the end of the last school year have all been rehired.

"I can tell you today that we've brought all of those reductions back. We've been able to bring all of those lay offs back to the district. They're going to be eagerly awaiting the arrival of students today."

Superintendent Oberhaus tells us they were able to rehire them through attrition, retirements and general shifting of funds.

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