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Spokane Public Schools recalls staff

Wed., June 8, 2011, 12:53 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools will recall 100 teachers and other certified staff today after the school board decided not to increase class sizes in grades K-6.

Of the 238 who initially received pink slips, 85 remain on the recall list, said Staci Vesneske, assistant superintendent. Fifty-three counselors were recalled late last month.

School officials continue to consider where cuts should be made to compensate for an estimated $6.3 million budget deficit for 2011-12. But making a decision on elementary class size leaves fewer employees wondering if they need to look for a new job.

Increasing class size in middle and high school remain a possibility, school officials said.

Community members and school employees who spoke at recent public forums regarding the district’s budget made it clear they did not want class sizes increased.

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