Deficit to mean layoffs at Fayette County schools


Fayette County school officials say jobs and pay will have to be reduced in the district because of sharp reductions in state aid and tax revenue.

The school board began making cuts Tuesday night after learning the district will lose $7.4 million in state aid.

Superintendent John DeCotis said the cuts must be made by March when teacher contracts go out for next year.

The district expects a reduction of at least 100 in the number of jobs, with a 2 percent pay cut for remaining staff.

The board said it hopes it can cut positions through attrition, but anticipates some people will be laid off.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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