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Wausau school board to tackle last of budget holes tonight


WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU) - The Wausau school district will have to decide how to find another $265,000 in the budget at a meeting tonight.

The district had been facing a 3 million dollar deficit earlier this year, but pared that down by letting 18 teachers and three staff members retire at the end of this school year. The district also made another $800,000 in cuts. But that leaves $265,000 dollars and teachers might have to take more classes to fill the hole, with each taking an extra class period per day.

That move would mean no layoffs for the teachers at the middle school level, but could mean 10 layoffs at East and West.

In addition, the district will look at increasing the number of virtual classes they offer to charter schools and alternative students, and reducing the number of computers per student the district currently maintains.

The school board will take a look at all the options tonight. That meeting starts at 7 pm at the Stettin Elementary Gymnasium.