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Manatee School Board slashes $13.6M from budget

The Manatee County School Board approved Monday night the slashing of just more than $13.6 million from the district's operating budget for the next school year.

It includes eliminating 48 district office positions, which amounted to $3.5 million of the total cut.

The reduction did not include employee pay cuts, but it did include fewer specials teachers in elementary schools and fewer elective teachers in high schools.

"This has been an extremely difficult process," said Superintendent Tim McGonegal, who recommended the cuts.

The board voted 4-0 with board member Barbara Harvey absent.

The cuts came from a 30-item plan proposed from McGonegal.

Read more in Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

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