Pueblo school board discusses options for cutting budget

PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo City Schools' Board of Education discussed how to cut $3.1 million from next year's budget during a work session Thursday night. 

The school board proposed cutting more than $580,000 from administrative costs. That includes eliminating $107,615 by reducing central office supplies and a projected $219,538 cost savings by eliminating three full-time administrators.

Superintendent Dr. Maggie Lopez said she doesn't know what administrators will be laid off, or if the district will decide not to fill three administrative positions that are currently vacant.

During the work session, the school board also asked Lopez to reduce another $100,000 from the district's administrative budget.

Forty two teachers will be retiring at the end of the school year. The board proposed not filling 18 of those positions to save money. School board President Dr. Kathy DeNiro told KRDO NewsChannel 13 she doesn't want those vacancies to increase class sizes.

"We asked the superintendent to make the cuts as furthest away from the classroom as possible," DeNiro said.

The board did not vote on any of the district's recommendations because the meeting was a work session. 

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