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Budget deficit leading to tough cuts in Mendota schools

Posted by wlpo on February 23, 2016

When money is tight, tough decisions have to be made. A group that volunteers its time made some tough decisions Monday night in Mendota.

According to the NewsTribune, the Mendota Elementary School Board announced a list of cuts totaling about $376,000. A retiring special education teacher won’t be replaced while other positions in that department are being trimmed back or eliminated. Positions are also being cut in health and P.E. The board decided not to cut from the art department.

Non-traditional teaching positions are also getting the axe like an occupational therapist, two in-school suspension supervisors, and aides. A social worker position for Mendota Elementary is also getting cut to part time.

When asked about cuts to administrators, Superintendent Kristen School pointed out that they eliminated the position of curriculum director last year.

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