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PA school board authorizes staff cuts

April 11th, 2013 - 6:15am

(Port Angeles) -- Up to 15 positions could be cut at Port Angeles Schools later this spring.

This week, the Port Angeles School Board approved a resolution authorizing the Superintendent to make the reductions in force.

Declining enrollment means fewer dollars for the district again.

Superintendent Dr. Jane Pryne has been making these types of decisions since coming to the district 2009.

So far, Pryne has not had to actually lay off any staff despite declining enrollment. Pryne says, unlike previous years, the district is not expecting additional cuts in state funding beyond what is linked to enrollment levels

But Pryne says despite the anticipated funding from the state, school officials still have to plan for their May 15th deadline should notices of layoffs be necessary. Pryne feels that the district's planning along with attrition will be enough to avoid layoffs this year.

The district's average total enrollment through January 2013 is 3,446 compared to 3,498 in January 2012. School officials expect a drop of another 70 students for the 2014 school year. Last year, the district authorized up to 50 staff cuts, but none occurred. Instead, the district relied on retirements and other attrition of staff.

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