Budget shortfall leads to layoffs in Grand County School District

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GRAND COUNTY -- The Grand County School District plans to lay off 45 people district-wide. The news comes as the result of an unexpected budget shortfall, which was discovered over the summer.

The layoffs amount to about a fifth of all its employees who work in the district's six schools. The layoffs could increase class sizes to up to 35 students in some cases, according to the district's business administrator.

Grand County is facing a $2.2 million deficit that resulted in accounting errors, according to the superintendent.

A state audit released this week shows no evidence of fraud or theft.

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