Seattle School Board makes even more cuts

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by KING 5 News Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 6 at 10:22 PM

SEATTLE -- The Seattle School Board Wednesday night unanimously approved a $577 million budget.

Already the board has eliminated about 90 jobs at headquarters, reduced bus service and dropped summer school.  Now, its making even more cuts.

In order to close a $45 million budget gap, the Seattle School District will--for the first time--order non-union employees to take two to four furlough days. 

The district also eliminated elementary school counselors and will put off purchasing textbooks for certain subjects.

The Seattle Board President Steve Sundquist said months of budget discussions were aimed at keeping class size untouched.

"There was no reduction in teachers so we did not say class sizes go from 28 to 30 or you get allocated fewer teachers.  The one exception to that is elementary counselors," said Sundquist

But because the board was so involved in developing this plan, and faces a July 31st deadline to pass it, many believe what you see is what you'll get.

Negotiations are underway with the teacher's union to discuss additional cost saving measures.

 

 

 

 

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