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After weeks of closed-door discussions, the Twin Valley School Board approved a $53.35 million tentative budget Monday, closing a $1 million shortfall with a combination of staff cuts, tax hikes and even a new revenue stream for 2013-14.
The list of staff cuts, previously undisclosed, includes furloughing a business teacher; not replacing three teachers – one full-time and two part-time – who have submitted resignation letters; not renewing two temporary teachers; and reducing a full-time art teacher to part time. Also eliminated are 14 assistant middle and high school coaching positions and four assistant high school club advisers.
“We certainly would have liked to have done it a different way,” Dr. Robert F. Pleis, superintendent, said after the meeting. ”We don’t want to lose personnel. That’s not our goal.”
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