Tyler ISD officials making draft plan for budget cuts

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:59am

TYLER-- In the midst of the state's multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, Tyler ISD administrators are doing their homework for budget cuts. Tyler ISD officials say they are making draft plans to cut spending, and the district is looking at a few different options.

Sources tell us one option is attrition, meaning when an employee resigns or retires, they are not replaced. A second option is combining jobs where one person will do the job now done by two people.

We're told TISD has a draft staffing plan that reassigns some employees to other areas and cuts jobs.

We also learned the school district also plans to raise class room sizes to 24 students per teacher in elementary grades.

We talked with Angela Jenkins, spokesperson for TISD, who tells us she cannot talk about any cuts until Thursday night's school board meeting. She says positions and classroom sizes will be discussed at the meeting.

Jenkins says there have not been discussions with teachers yet about the draft staff plan, and she says Tyler ISD has not made any final decisions.

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