SCHOOL BUDGET Johnston’s Superintendent Explains $1.2m Cut

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A Johnston school board proposal suggests eliminating 14 full time positions and a junior high sports program. On Thursday, the superintendent spoke out.

The district is finalizing a plan to cut $1.2 million from its budget for next year.

School board officials say a combination of state funding cuts and slow growth created the problem.

The superintendent says no one will lose their jobs, rather they’ll be re-assigned within the district.

“There are a number of positions involved in the budget reduction process. We’re using resignations and open positions that we’re not going to fill,” Dr. Clay Guthmiller said.

So far no decisions have been made. The school will finalize its plan at a special meeting on March 31st.