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East Hampton, NY: District has "unexpected $400,000 increase in special education costs"

Mar 9, 2018, (East Hampton, NY) Southampton Press: ESM Will Slash Teaching Staff, Potentially Close One School Building By 2021 To Bridge Funding Gap Eastport South Manor administrators unveiled a list of recommended budget cuts at last night’s Board of Education meeting, eliminating dozens of staff positions to help close a $4.7 million budget gap for the 2018-19 school year—a gap that widened by $500,000 from last month’s estimates. One of the district’s four elementary schools also could be closed by 2021 to address the funding crisis.... Currently the district employs 281 teachers, 21 administrators, 122 aides, and 83 teachers assistants. … That would total $4,774,756 in cuts, closing the gap between the district’s expenditures and revenues. Mr. Laube said on Thursday that the reason for the latest increase is an unexpected $400,000 increase in special education costs, …

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