Cahokia, IL (KSDK) - The Cahokia School District will be delaying the start of the school year.
The year was scheduled to begin Wednesday, August 22, but the start has been pushed back two weeks, and tentatively moved to Thursday, September 6.
The Board of Education and administrators decided to delay the start of the school year in hopes they will reach a contract agreement with the Cahokia Federation of Teachers, Local 1272.
The union rejected the school board's most recent financial settlement offer Thursday.
Superintendent Art Ryan says the board is "committed to the education of our children and will not allow a work stoppage to hamper student learning."
The school district is facing financial issues this year, which includes a loss of more than $500,000 in local property taxes, a $2 million decrease in General State Aid, and a five percent increase to health insurance costs. This means the district must cut $3 million in order to balance the budget.