Scottsdale teachers could lose jobs due to budget cuts

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Teachers in the Scottsdale Unified School District will learn Friday whether their jobs will be eliminated due to budget cuts.

The district is facing a $4 million shortfall.

A proposed budget reduces "specials" by half.  Specials include art, music and physical education.  Those reductions would save the district $1.5 million.

Parents tell ABC15 they are worried.

"It is saying that these programs are not a priority when there is a strong indication that these programs do impact how kids perform," said Christel Baker who has kids at Desert Canyon Elementary and Desert Canyon Middle School.

"We have award winning teachers who are now losing their jobs," said parent Cindy Dean, who also has kids at the Desert Canyon schools. 

With fewer specials, "prep time" must be made up during the school day. Two options proposed include reducing the school day by 20 minutes or have an early release day each week.

District spokesperson Becky Kelbaugh tells ABC15 the district is also looking at reductions in administrative and administrative support that would save an additional $700,000. She said that includes not filling some vacant jobs.

Kelbaugh said the district is not alone in its struggles because of limitations on funding from the legislature and the failure of school overrides in recent elections.

The final budget will be approved in June.

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