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East Valley outlines steep budget cuts

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009, 9:46 A.M.

Sixty-two East Valley teachers and certificated staff will receive letters this week notifying them that they may not have a job in September.

The board of directors passed a resolution Tuesday night that outlined steep cuts from the 270 teachers currently on staff. “This is the absolute worst case scenario,” said Superintendent John Glenewinkel. “Undoubtedly we will call a lot of these folks back.”

The eliminated jobs include 18 full-time equivalent special education positions, four kindergarten teachers and two music teachers. Five elementary school teachers hired for class size reduction will lose their jobs. The DECA business program and highly capable programs would be eliminated. Two FTE counseling positions would be gone as well as 1.5 FTE librarian positions.

Other cuts identified in the resolution include reducing the hours for food service, reducing custodial services, cutting extra and co-curricular programs and eliminating the school resource officer. Other losses include five positions in the central office, the dean of students position at East Valley Middle School and one vice principal position at East Valley High School.

Read more of this story in Thursday’s Valley Voice or online at spokesman.com.

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