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June 25, 2003

Blind, Deaf Schools Cut Jobs

From: KARK, AR - Jun 25, 2003

Story by The Associated Press

The board that oversees the Arkansas School for the Blind and the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock is trimming nine positions to help the schools shore up their budgets.

The positions weren't identified during the board's meeting on Tuesday, which included the vote to cut the jobs.

Superintendent Jim Hill says the cuts would amount to a savings of 518-thousand dollars for the two schools. He said he wanted to notify workers of the cuts before identifying the positions. The money could be used for teacher training and technology spending.

Workers losing their jobs will receive three weeks pay.

Together, the schools have an enrollment of 250, not including outreach programs.

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