School District Preps for Layoffs if Measure Fails

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    Colonial School District officials are alerting staffers who could be laid off if voters in New Castle County, Del. reject a proposed tax increase in June.

    The administration handed out letters Wednesday to 72 staffers -- including 58 teachers -- who might be affected if voters don't approve a June 4 referendum. Officials say athletics and extracurricular activities would also have to be scaled back.

    The school board approved a plan Tuesday to raise $9.6 million to cover personnel costs by increasing taxes to 35 cents per $100 of assessed property value, boosting the average taxpayer's bill by $197 a year.

    Voters rejected a larger hike in February.

    Even with the increase, the district would still have to cut as many as 25 jobs, reported DelawareOnline.

    District superintendent Dr. Dorothy Linn said in a letter posted to the district website that a number of activities including graduation pictures, 5th grade orientation and the district band and choral concerts would already be canceled for this year.


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