Duluth School Board Approves Cutting 12 Teachers, More Expected

By KBJR News 1

May 17, 2011 Updated May 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - There were some tough decisions for the Duluth school board tonight.

The board voted to cut 12 nontenured teacher positions.

The cuts will help the board fill part of the budget shortfall.

The board needs to approve $5.7-million in cuts for the 2011, 2012 school year.

Even though 12 nontenured teachers were cut, that's still half as many as last year.

Administration says the cuts affects teachers in math, special ed and other areas that have not yet completely three consecutive years of teaching.

The human resources manager says the cuts are due to declining enrollment, but the district also saved money with class-size.

"We made the choice to increase the class size by one student, that's approximately a million dollars in the district. That would equate to another 10 or 12 teachers," said Tim Sworsky, the district's human resources manager.

Tenured teacher cuts will be dealt with next month.

Sworsky expects around 26 tenured teachers will be terminated.

Sworsky says some of these teachers both, tenured and nontenured could be back in school in the Fall.

With more teachers expected to retire, and with changes with grants and other funding over the summer, the manager said many of the teachers could be rehired and be back in school as usual and fill vacancies.

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