Hundreds of educators lose jobs in Marion County
MARION COUNTY, Fla. -- A projected $29 million budget deficit is forcing hundreds of employees to scramble to find future employment.
Marion County Public Schools says 160 first-year teachers, 72 district-funded elementary paraprofessionals, 16 clerks and 13 district-funded physical education technicians will be laid off when the 2012-2013 school year comes to an end.
Superintendent George Tomyn met with the affected employees Friday to personally deliver the news.
The district expects $295 million in revenues for the new budget year, $13 million more than this year.
Educators say the Florida Legislature mandated $7 million earmark for teacher raises and other retirement expenses weighs heavily on the budget.
The school district stresses more cuts could be needed and that furloughs and pay reductions across-the-board are still possible.
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