Duluth schools to cut 38 teaching jobs

The Duluth School Board approved a plan to eliminate 12 teaching positions to address a $5.7 million budget shortfall.

“We made the choice to increase the class size by one student, that’s approximately a million dollars in the district. That would equate to another 10 or 12 teachers,” Tim Sworsky, the district’s human resources manager, told the Northland News Center.

More cuts are likely. While Duluth schools cut nearly two dozen jobs last year, another round of proposed cuts to tenured teachers is expected to eliminate an addition 26 jobs.

Northland News’ Jena Pike reports that “With more teachers expected to retire, and with changes with grants and other funding over the summer, the manager said many of the teachers could be rehired and be back in school as usual and fill vacancies.”

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