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Flint School Board Approves Over 90 Layoffs to Teachers, Staff [Video]

At their Monday night meeting, the Flint School Board approved layoffs for 91 teachers and staff as part of its deficit elimination plan.

WNEM says the district expects about $8 million in revenue to cover costs for the 2014-15 school year. Interim superintendent Larry Watkins says that amount isn’t enough as the district must keep its spending in check to meet the requirements set by the state to eliminate a $10 million deficit.

The board also approved a new teacher’s contract just ratified last week. It includes cuts to health benefits and sick days instead of a nearly 20 percent pay cut. Those changes will help the district save more than $6 million.

Watkins said the cuts are not a move that is taken lightly, but must be done “in order for the district to survive and flourish.” What are your thoughts on the cuts and the district’s deficit elimination plan?

WNEM TV 5

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