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UPDATE: Dubuque Schools to cut between 166 and 189 jobs

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Dubuque Community School District school board approved the lesser two out of three proposed budget cut plans on Monday night. The final decision will happen based on state funding from the legislature.

Between 166 and 188 jobs will be cut in the district; that's a savings between $7.4 million and $8.6 million for the district.

Around 150 people attended the more than two hour meeting Monday night at Roosevelt Middle School. Seven people addressed the board regarding the budget.

The board attempted to get each group with a similar concern to have a representative; the group was then asked to stand and be counted. The biggest group was the school nurses with around 17 people.

Another large group included those opposed to closing Central Alternative High School, replacing it with a program that would include online studies and group meetings. Three people spoke on behalf of the group. Under any plan, Central will be closed.

The district says its had nearly 100 messages in two weeks about the cuts. The top concerns were cutting school nurses and cutting art, music and band programs.

Superintendent Dr. Larie Godinez says the most popular public solutions (in order) were across the board pay freezes, changes to benefits, and changing school or professional hours. The district pointed out some of those options aren't possible to discuss by law or because of union issues.

Teachers, nurses, and counselors will be notified by April 15, if they are laid off. Administrators will find out by May 15.

Administrators stressed not all of the 166 to 188 jobs will be lay-offs; some will come from retirements or people leaving. They also added some staff could be recalled.

Online Reporter: Jamie Grey

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