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Jordan School District prepares for painful cuts

Jordan School District prepares for painful cuts



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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Members of the Jordan School District Board of Education met this week to look at an upcoming budget shortfall of $29 million for the 2010-2011 school year.

District spokesperson Melinda Colton says the board has been looking at a long list of options to save money. "None of them are great options, none of them are popular," Colton says.

Some of the options include pay cuts, furloughs, charging more for athletic travel, program and service reductions and a tax increase.

"Another option when you consider 88 percent of your budget is wrapped up in pay checks and personnel, they're looking at anywhere from a 1- to a 5-student increase per class," Colton says.

She adds that increasing class size by five students per class would mean releasing up to 300 teachers.

The district says it wants to be as open and visible to the public as possible as it looks at what cuts need to be made.

To look at the district's projections and budget reduction process, click HERE.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

Randall Jeppesen

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