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Spokane School Board Saves 85 Teachers' Jobs

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public School officials met to discuss a new budget proposal aimed at fixing a $13.1 billion budget deficit. Under the new proposal the additional 85 teachers who received layoff notices in May will be re-hired thanks to staff retirements and a decision to not increase elementary and middle school class sizes. Officials didn't decide whether they'll raise class sizes at the high school level, but they did say extracurricular activity's won't be cut.
 
To help offset the budget shortfall, principals have agreed to a 3 percent pay cut and salary freeze. Administrators and other certified staff will also face pay reductions, most by 1.9 percent, the same amount cut by the state. Dozens of central office staff and instructional assistant positions are also still on the chopping block, including 10 librarian positions.

District administration expects to put together a draft budget to present to the school board next week, a final decision is expected on August 10.

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