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Wausau balances $3 million school budget deficit

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The Wausau school board has balanced a $3 million deficit in next year’s budget but it will mean some middle and high school teachers will have to pick up a 6th class assignment.

The board found more than $1.8 million in savings from 18 teachers who voluntarily retired and three who quit.

But the cuts will force all schools to reduce their budgets by 8 percent and include a 6 percent reduction in the district’s athletic programs. And they completed eliminated national travel budgets for teachers and administrators.

The board spared its computer maintenance and upgrade line item from a 10 percent cut. That will keep the student to computer ratio from increasing.

Teachers voiced frustration with the extra class assignment, saying it will reduce the time they have to prepare for classes, grade papers and provide one-on-one attention to students.

Some fear that it will force teachers to drop existing lessons and cause others who also coach to give up those extracurricular duties to make time for more students.