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There are new and concerning developments after a referendum on a sales tax for schools failed in Tuesday's election.

With state funding slipping behind, Illinois school districts in several counties were hopeful for relief, but voters turned them down. Now, the West Carroll Community Unit School District is taking steps to adjust to the funding problems.

The school board approved a list of budget cuts Wednesday, March 19, 2014 that includes cutting staff and increasing class size. The school district plans to cut a library aide, a special education teacher, two special education aides, a middle school athletic director as well as reducing the hours of support staff. The plan also calls to move the district offices and preschool classes to save money. A total of $859,000 will be cut from the 2014-2015 school year budget.

Voters in Carroll, Whiteside and Rock Island Counties were asked to approve an increase in the sales tax to boost funding for schools. They all failed to pass.

To view the entire list of cuts, click here.

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