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Wednesday, 12 February 2014 02:22

Winter claims holiday casualty in Edwardsville

   EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Students in the southwestern Illinois town of Edwardsville can blame the snow and cold for the loss of a pair of planned days off.
   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board voted Monday to call off the March 3 Casimir Pulaski Day holiday. A teachers-only work day on March 21 was also called off.
   Students in the district have already had 10 days off this winter due to snow and cold.
   Superintendent Ed Hightower said a full spring break is still planned April 14-18 and school is still scheduled to end as planned on May 28. But he warned that winter isn't over.
   Pulaski Day honors the Polish-born nobleman who trained American cavalry during the Revolutionary War and gave his life for the war effort.
 
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   The Edwardsville School District will be building an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized swimming pool at its sports complex thanks to a four-million dollar donation from the Charles and Sharon Fruit Foundation.  The center will be named the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in honor of the late Chuck Fruit, a 1965 Edwardsville High School graduate.  

   The EGHM Foundation, a local business group that raises money for district projects, will fund the remaining $1.3 million needed for the project. 

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   The Edwardsville School District will be building an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized swimming pool at its sports complex thanks to a four-million dollar donation from the Charles and Sharon Fruit Foundation.  The center will be named the Chuck Fruit Aquatic Center in honor of the late Chuck Fruit, a 1965 Edwardsville High School graduate.  

   The EGHM Foundation, a local business group that raises money for district projects, will fund the remaining $1.3 million needed for the project. 

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Funding for many metro-east schools is nearing "crisis" status. The situation is getting so bad, that state education officials are pleading with state legislators to increase school funding by more than $800 million.

But the budget proposed by Governor Pat Quinn would cut education spending by more than $300 million.

Many Illinois school districts are already operating on deficits after the state failed to fully fund its obligations for the past two years. Virtually every metro-east district is laying off teachers in anticipation of less state funding next year. Some are cutting sports programs and closing schools.

St. Clair County schools superintendent Susan Sarfaty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that "Districts are no longer cutting fat from their budgets — they’re cutting bone." Sarfaty says "there's no more fat to cut."
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