TUSD cuts jobs to end budget deficit - Tucson News Now

TUSD cuts jobs to end budget deficit

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

More than 150 teachers and staff members could be losing their jobs in Tucson's largest school district.

That decision was made at last night's Governing Board meeting, with Cholla High School being one of the schools to see a lot of cuts.

It was emotional last night as the TUSD Governing Board decided to cut those 150 jobs.   Teachers, counselors and other certified employees were told their positions would not be available next fall.

The Superintendent spoke to the board saying there are more positions cut than usual.  It is the final step in closing what was a projected $17 million deficit next year.

Teachers were upset because the district has almost that many positions open and they were hoping for in-house transfers to those jobs, but district administrators told the board those types of transfers are not in the agreement between the district and the union.

"My biggest concern as someone faithful to the district, I'm not given any extra consideration from my faithfulness to the district," stated Cathy Paredes, a TUSD teacher.

The teachers and employees being let go will get to interview for those open positions.

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