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Fairfield school combining two top positions to cut costs

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To cut back costs, a Southern Illinois high school will be looking at combining two top positions.

The Fairfield Community High School Board voted last week, due to a decline in enrollment, to consolidate the jobs of superintendent and principal. Officials said the measure will save a lot of money. 

"When I started here, we had about 550 students. Now we're down to about 420 students. In addition to that, we continue to have a decrease in general state aid by the state of Illinois and with cost-saving measure this is why we're making the decision at this time," Superintendent David Savage said.


Savage said the district has trimmed just about everything they possibly could.

Savage will be retiring at the end of the school year, and the school board decided when he retires, they'll combine the two positions. By doing that, the school said they could save up to $70,000 a year. Officials say the move will be good for the community. 

"We're doing everything we can to make sure that our students have the best quality education they can at the most affordable cost to our taxpayers," Savage said.

Some parents of students who go to the school told 14 News that they like the idea. 

"I think it is a good cost cutting measure and we definitely need that at this time. I'm sure it will be more of a burden on the staff, but hopefully they'll be able to step up and handle that well," parent Gayla Grote said. "We're fortunate to have a really good school, and I think even if we do consolidate, it will continue to be that."

The new superintendent-principal job would start during the 2014/2015 school year. 


A committee has been formed to find the person who would be the best fit for the new position.

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