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Possible Staff, Benefit Cuts Hot Topic for Dunlap School District

DUNLAP - Significant cuts could be coming to Dunlap Community School District staff.
DUNLAP - Significant cuts could be coming to Dunlap Community School District staff.
Wednesday, the school board discussed a plan to reduce to projected $2.1 million deficit next academic year.
In front of parents and teachers, the superintendent says the district will consider increases in student lunch and milk fees.
The board will also look at more than $300,000 in reductions to supplies and non-staff expenses.
However, the big item – 85 percent of all cuts could come from staff and benefits.
“Staff reductions are going to be somewhere in the area of $1, 338,000. Again, these are approximate, but in the spirit of transparency, we wanted to provide as much information in open session as we could,” said Superintendent Jay Marino.
Several parents say they would accept higher fees as long as the cuts stayed away from the classroom.
The district says increases in students and staff over the years is forcing the school district to pay more and go further into the red. Also, the district says it receives less money from property taxes.
A decision on fixing the deficit is not likely until February.
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