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Portage schools weighs layoffs to deal with budget shortfall

The district's spending plan could result in the loss of three dozen teachers and 60 other staff.

Portage Public Schools approved a preliminary budget for the 2020-2021 school year Monday night. The spending plan includes deep cuts and potentially dozens of layoffs.

The proposal was passed on a 5-2 vote, according to an article on MLive, and includes a 7% cut to staffing costs.

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Those cuts could result in laying off 36 teachers and 60 paraprofessionals, according to Bradley Galin, the human resources director for the district.

This is still a preliminary budget and things could change in response to a number of different scenarios, including support from Lansing or the federal government.

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