The Easton Area School District Board of Education has voted 5-3 to slash 72 teaching positions for the 2010-2011 school year. 27 high school teachers, 9.5 middle school teachers, 18 elementary teachers and all the computer technology coordinators will get pink slips.
According to the board, negotiations with the teachers union failed to provide the necessary cuts to bridge the budget deficit. Teachers agreed to cuts that would have saved $5 million dollars but the district still would have needed to move money from their reserves, even with the concessions.
The $131.5 million dollar 2010-2011 budget will include a 2.35% property tax increase.
The Easton Area School District has an enrollment of approximately 9,000 students, 9 schools and more than 530 teachers.