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School board OKs layoffs, only as last resort

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013

The Siuslaw school board approved a resolution Wednesday night that gives the superintendent authority to cut eight teaching positions in the district. Although board approval was unanimous, directors voiced the need to do so as a last resort.

“Our preference is not to fire teachers or lose positions, but to find other ways,” said Board Chairman Paul Burns.

The formal language of the resolution states that the reductions are to be implemented only after “other budget reduction efforts have been exhausted prior to the adoption of the budget,” which is scheduled for June 12.

Budget committee talks are ongoing.

The move was considered necessary after projections show the district facing a $712,000 shortfall next year.

For the complete article see the 04-13-2013 issue.

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