Even as some metro-east school districts continue to wrestle with budget shortfalls, Belleville District 201 teachers will be getting a pay raise.
The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the school board Monday night unanimously approved a partial salary step increase this year and next. Superintendent Jeff Dosier told the paper that instead of a full step increase, teachers will get 75 percent of a step increase.
The cost of the pay raises will be covered by retirements and vacant teaching positions not being filled.
The teachers' new contract goes into effect September 1st.
The school board also approved new contracts with the district's custodians, engineers and teacher aids.
Collinsville schools will be hit the hardest, with district officials voting to eliminate 16 full-time and three part-time teaching positions.
The Belleville district will cut three full-time teachers and one part-timer.
Both district boards say they have no choice but to make the cuts because the State of Illinois has failed to meet their financial obligations to the districts.