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Support staff may take brunt of Waterloo Districts budget cuts

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by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- On Monday night the Waterloo School Board approved a resolution to explore cost saving measures. The school district needs to cut at least $4.5 million from the school's budget, which means dozens of jobs could be on the chopping block.

The schools district is trying to avoid cutting teacher positions, leaving the support staff open to cuts. Right now there are 95 custodians employed with the Waterloo School District and depending on how deep the cuts go around a dozen of them could lose their jobs.

The school district is looking at different ways to make the budget work without impacting the students.

"Finding ways to cut expenses without impacting student achievement in the class room and so that might mean for example their classrooms might get cleaned every other day. We don't know yet, but that is conceivable though. We're not going to do anything that will compromise students health or safety. We're going to make sure our schools are welcoming and comfortable places to be," said Waterloo Schools Spokesperson, Sharon Miller.

The maintenance staff could also see cuts. Right now 20 maintenance employees work for the school district. According to proposed plans two positions could be eliminated.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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