Mount Baker Ill. School District Faces $1.95 Million Shortfall, Teacher Layoffs

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Mount Baker School District will cut programs and lay off employees to close a $1.95 million deficit in the 2012-13 budget.

To help bridge that gap, the district is proposing to cut its workforce by 23.1 full-time equivalent positions, with 14.4 of that in teaching. The remainder is in classified and administrative staff.

The proposed employee reductions would save nearly $1.6 million.

District voters approved two levies in February, but that money won't begin to come in until 2013. That amount is expected to total $375,000 in 2013.

State and federal budget cuts in recent years and declining enrollment are among the causes for the deficit, according to Karst Brandsma, interim superintendent for the school district.

Mount Baker also was overstaffed this school year because deadlines were missed last year and staffing levels weren't reduced as planned, according to Brandsma.

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