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Grandview educators notified of possible reductions in force

GRANDVIEW - Due to projected budget reductions for the 2012-13 school year, Grandview School Board directors have given notice to educators of possible reductions in the work force.

The notice is expected to officially go out this week. The school board voted unanimously to approve a resolution stating the possibility of a reduction in work force due to economic reasons.

After looking at state budget forecasts and potential grant losses, Grandview School District Executive Director of Operations and Finance Brad Shreeve presented to board directors a potential for a large deficit in the district's budget.

Currently the forecast predicts the school district will see $2.2 million less in school revenues than was received this current school year.

"If we do nothing we would be in the red $2.2 million," he said.

As part of protocol, the Grandview School Board is required to notify the Grandview Education Association of possible reductions in force by April 15 of the preceding school year. By May 15 of this year, teachers and staff who may be looking at reductions will also be notified.

"It's time to have that discussion," said Superintendent Kevin Chase of the possibility of reductions in the work force at Grandview schools.

The district has already begun enlisting its staff to suggest possible areas of increasing revenue in addition to expenditure cut suggestions. The school board will take those ideas into account and continue to work on the budget deficit issue.

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in the Grandview High School library.

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