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School Board OKs budget with at least 1,834 layoffs

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KSNV coverage of Clark County School Board approval of budget including more than 1,800 layoffs, May 18, 2011.

The Clark County School District Board unanimously approved its fiscal 2012 budget on Wednesday, bridging a $407.4 million shortfall by laying off 1,834 school district employees.

The approved budget is based on updated tax revenue projections from Nevada’s Economic Forum expected to bring in $69.1 million more than originally estimated. If that money does not comes through, an additional 1,000 positions might have to be cut.

The School District also is seeking $166.5 million in concessions from its four unions — those representing teachers, support staff, administration and police. If concessions cannot be reached, another 2,477 positions would need to be eliminated.

Concessions include passing along half the cost of pension fund increases to employees, freezing step-wage increases, increasing employee health insurance payments by 20 percent and requiring workers to take nine unpaid furlough days.

As part of next year’s budget, the board is cutting 20 percent from the administrative department budgets and 50 percent from the school textbook and supply budgets. It would also increase class sizes by three students in elementary schools and two students in high schools.

The Clark County School District is the fifth largest in the country, employing 37,341 full-time, part-time, substitute and temporary employees.

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