Keokuk, IA – The Keokuk school board has approved several cost-cutting measures. The board approved eliminating a kindergarten teaching position and adding a fee for driver's education. The district is working to make up a $175,000 shortfall in the coming year's budget. The deficit is due in part to increased utility costs and to a decision not to increase the property tax levy. The district also hopes to save money through retiring teachers and by cutting some assistant coaches. The district will also replace a departing full-time fifth grade band teacher by increasing the contract for a part-time instructor.