More than 23 jobs, including 17 teaching positions, have been cut in order to balance the Tri-County School Board’s budget for next year.
The board approved it’s 2013-14 $68.7-million balanced budget Tuesday at a board meeting in Yarmouth.
A total of 17 full-time equivalent teaching positions, three full-time equivalent program support positions, two full-time equivalent bus drivers and 1.5 full-time equivalent regional office positions were eliminated.
The Tri-County board was faced with making $1.4 million in reductions compared to the previous year’s budget.
It wasn’t all bad news. The board also added two full-time equivalent positions to assist students with learning disabilities, as well as six other positions including one in information technology.
The school board said it was in a difficult position this year."The Tri-County Regional School Board has made every effort possible to protect services to our students and schools. The Board will continue to place its emphasis on meeting the needs of our students, as we address the pressures of ongoing budget reductions. The focus remains in the classroom," the board said in a news release.