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Eagle County schools consider staff cuts

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – With state budget cuts looming, the Eagle County School District likely will need to cut 50 staff positions next year.

That was the grim news Phil Onofrio, the district’s chief financial officer, shared with the school board Wednesday night.

Onofrio said the district wants to avoid layoffs. He said the district hopes to reduce the staff through natural attrition. He said the district usually sheds 65 employees per year through resignations, retirement and “non-renewals.” Non-renewals are when the district does not renew a non-tenured teacher’s contact, usually because of low performance, officials said.

Even if the district avoids layoffs, though, cutting 50 positions – 40 of those based in the schools – would have consequences.

Jason Glass, the district’s director of human resources, said class sizes may increase slightly.

“We expect class sizes to increase one or two students per class, so it’s not a tremendous increase in class size,” he said.

The district also may need to cut programs, he said.

Based on state projections, the district expects to receive $3 million less in state funding for the 2010-11 school year, Onofrio said.

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