Bethlehem schools cut jobs, programs

June 24, 2008 8:50:09 AM PDT
The Bethlehem School District will eliminate dozens of jobs, cut programs and raise taxes to balance next year's $178 million budget.

The school board says the cuts are necessary. But parents and teachers are responding with anger, sadness and dismay.

The board voted on the budget Monday night.

School directors eliminated dozens of teaching and three administrative positions through attrition, layed off the public relations director, and increased elementary school class size. The board also cut spending in reading intervention, special education and nearly all other programs.

Teachers and parents are especially upset about cuts to Reading Recovery, a remedial program for first-graders.

Former Superintendent Thomas Doluisio says the cut will hurt the district's most vulnerable children.