Scottsdale School District cuts $4 million from budget

Scottsdale School District cuts $4 million from budget, lays off 52

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

The Scottsdale School District is facing a 4 million dollar budget shortfall next year and on Friday administrators made some tough decisions about how to fill the gap.

Voters rejected two budget overrides to fund the district, now more than ten thousand elementary school students in the Scottsdale district will get a bit less out of their public school education.

About the only people at the Scottsdale school board meeting were board members, staffers, and a stray reporter or two.

The five board members voted unanimously for four million dollars in cuts they say voters want.

"Blaming the governing board or beating up administrators who are overworked that is an easy place to go, but our community did not support two overrides that funded these programs, so that is why we are here today," said school board member George Jackson.

The district layed off fourteen administrators and thirty-eight teachers, mostly art, music and physical education.

They also plan to close school early every Wednesday at 1p.m..

"But right now we have to move forward not without a lot of thought and consideration we are making it with sadness," said Dr. David Peterson.

FOX 10 visited Tavan elementary school, not far from the district headquarters where the cuts are not going over well.

"Not very happy they do need more teachers. They need the education, How else are they going to learn? We should go out there and vote," said Velia Peiz.

FOX 10 asked Leslie Quevara, a parent, if she was upset by the cuts and why. She replied, "because I want my kid to have those classes".

Scottsdale school district board members say if voters decide in the future to spend more money on the public schools, they will restore art, music and physical education teachers.

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