• Crowley school administrators single out job cuts to close budget gap

    • School administrators have identified staff reductions that will be made in response to a $6 million budget shortfall. At Thursday night’s meeting, trustees formalized their declaration of financial exigency, announced last month, which allows them to lay off employees despite contracts.

    • Staff cuts will include two central office coordinators and a special-education supervisor. Other cuts include 21 elementary teachers, two middle school teachers, 101/2 high school teaching positions, and 121/2 strategically based teacher positions.

    • Also targeted are a dyslexia specialist, 11 instructional technology teachers in elementary grades, a diagnostician position, a student information systems coordinator, a math coordinator/secretary position, an elementary science coordinator and an ombudsman. The Crowley Regional Day School Program for the Deaf is scheduled to take the biggest hit — the jobs of a coordinator/supervisor and three teachers — because Mansfield pulled out of the program to join its closer neighbor, Arlington.

    • The district’s Career and Technology Center is set to open next year using mostly reassigned staff.

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