Hastings tells Rotary 100 could lose jobs

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Attrition, retirement could make up $7 million school board deficit

By Kellie Parkin

Levy County Schools Superintendent Robert Hastings spoke to the Williston Rotary Club Tuesday, offering a “state of the union” on the current budget situation. Hastings said the district is expecting the state to cut approximately $7 million from next year’s budget. That will most likely mean that the district will have to reduce its staff by 90 to 100 employees by the start of next school year, Hastings said.

“When you spend 81 percent of your budget on salaries, the only way to find $7 million is through salaries,” he said.

Most of the employee reduction will be through attrition and retirement, Hastings said. “Every school will not be treated equally,” he said. “We’ll examine each school and their individual needs.” Hastings also noted that the district is already 30 employees lighter than when he first took office.

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