Donations don't prevent cuts at Prairieview-Ogden

ROYAL — A fundraising effort by parents in the Prairieview-Ogden district has saved one teacher from being laid off; however, others were not so lucky.

The PVO school board this week approved 2.3 full time equivalent teachers "reduction in force" notices for the upcoming school year.

The board decided to cut kindergarten through sixth grade general music, combine two fifth-grade classrooms to one, and cut kindergarten through 6th grade computers.

Superintendent Vic White said the fifth grade class will have 24 students next year.

"All cuts concern me and I question if the legislators are concerned what they are doing to every school in the state of Illinois," he said.

Donations from area residents allowed the district not to combine two fourth-grade classrooms into one classroom next year.

If more donations are collected or if state aid increases, the board could reinstate one, two, or all positions before the start of 2013-14 school year.

Residents have raised $60,250 so far.

Last month, PVO parent Lonna Pruitt sent letters to residents, seeking donations to save three teaching positions.

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