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Deep Staff Cuts Anticipated As Central Reveals Budget

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nearly 60 teachers and classified staff at Central School District may lose their jobs next year because of a $5.6 million budget shortfall stemming from expected deep cuts in

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Nearly 60 teachers and classified staff at Central School District may lose their jobs next year because of a $5.6 million budget shortfall stemming from expected deep cuts in state spending.

That was perhaps the most disheartening news revealed during a presentation on Monday at Ash Creek Elementary School of the district's proposed 2009-10 budget.

Officials are projecting $24.134 million in revenue next year -- 18 percent less than the $29.6 million needed to maintain current staffing and program levels.

The 2009-10 budget may drop by almost $2.5 million from what was approved for this current school year, officials said.

With personnel accounting for 80 percent of the total budget, the district is considering eliminating 28 teaching and counseling positions and 29 classified jobs. Teachers could receive reduction in force notices next week. Other cuts include $400,000 to the middle and high school athletic programs.

Figures could still change, for better or worse, pending the state's revenue forecast on Friday and decisions made by the Oregon Legislature. Central must adopt its budget by June 1.

More Central budget information will appear in next week's Itemizer-Observer

or online at www.polkio.com.

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