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Sulphur Springs anticipates $2 million cut

State budget crisis hits local school district

Posted: January 18, 2009 9:41 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Sulphur Springs School District officials anticipate a possible $2 million cut to the school budget in response to the ongoing state budget crisis.

"I've been doing this for 27 years," said Dr. Robert Nolet, Sulphur Springs School District superintendent.

"This is by far the absolute worst that I have seen in the economy in general, and certainly the economy as it relates to school districts."

District officials met with employees, outlining what could be cut as the awaited final word from Sacramento, Nolet said.

"We're still waiting to get something definitive," he said.

Nolet estimates a more-than-$2-million cut for this fiscal year and a possible $3-million cut for next year.

How such cuts can be applied will but the topic of discussion during the school's board meeting at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 28, at Mitchell Community Elementary School in Canyon Country.

Some of the options before the district and board members include a reduction in class sizes and layoffs across many departments, including personnel and clerical services and reading and library support programs, he said.

There are also plans to offer early retirement incentive programs.

The number of teachers laid off could run between 20 to 40, depending on how much class sizes change, Nolet said.

Those numbers would come in addition to classified employees who could be laid off.


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