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Budget woes may force teacher layoffs

The District 65 school board has scheduled a special meeting next Tuesday to discuss possible teacher layoffs in the face of what administrators estimate could be as much as a $5.5 million budget deficit for next year.

The shortfall is mainly the result of cutbacks in state funding as the state tries to cope with its own budget troubles.

The District 65 school board has scheduled a special meeting next Tuesday to discuss possible teacher layoffs in the face of what administrators estimate could be as much as a $5.5 million budget deficit for next year.

The shortfall is mainly the result of cutbacks in state funding as the state tries to cope with its own budget troubles.

The district has to act soon on potential layoffs. Under state law, the board has to provide 60 days advance notice to tenured teachers, 45 days to non-tenured teachers and 30 days to non-instructional staff.

Superintendent Hardy Murphy says uncertainty about the state’s funding level means the deficit could end up being anywhere from $2.7 million to $5.5 million and that the board needs to consider alternative scenarios for cuts depending on what the state ultimately decides to fund.

About 80 percent of the district’s budget is spent on employee salary and benefits.

The current year’s operating budget totals $95.4 million, a six percent increase over the previous year.

The City of Evanston last month adopted a budget that cut $9.5 million from a budget of roughly $90 million. The reductions included nearly 40 layoffs.

The special school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 1500 McDaniel Ave.

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Evanston teacher layoffs loom (Evanston Review)

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