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Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 6:03 pm | Updated: 11:36 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Tempe Union High School District wants to eliminate more than two dozen jobs and reduce its teacher recruiting efforts and early-release days as part of an effort to balance its 2008-09 budget.

PDF: View complete 2008-2009 budget recomendations

Tempe Union High School District wants to eliminate more than two dozen jobs and reduce its teacher recruiting efforts and early-release days as part of an effort to balance its 2008-09 budget.

PDF: View complete 2008-2009 budget recomendations

On Tuesday, Superintendent Steve Adolph proposed $640,000 in budget cuts, calling them necessary due to decreasing student enrollment and voters rejecting two budget overrides last November that cost the district some $2.1 million.

The plan would cut eight full-time positions, such as special-education support staff, and a part-time literacy specialist.

It would also delay hiring of several positions, including a welder and an associate superintendent.

All that is in addition to 21 teaching positions that will not be filled next year.

Still, the budget shortfall is not as big as district officials had originally expected, Adolph said.

In a letter to the district's governing board, he wrote that he had expected to make "significant" budget cuts.

But due to a variety of factors, including a decrease in the required contribution to the state's retirement fund, a staff reduction and an early retirement incentive plan approved by the board last month, he said the "budget situation is not as bad as originally anticipated."

In addition, health insurance costs will decrease by 5 percent - saving about $376,600 - due to the good health of employees last year, he said.

Still, some cuts had to be made. Adolph said he made his decisions after receiving about 200 suggestions for possible cuts from principals and other administrators.

"My priorities during our budget deliberations were to keep the budget cuts as far away from the classroom as possible, give our staff step movement and nominal increase in the salary schedule and diligently work toward keeping all current staff members employed," he said.

If the budget recommendations pass, employees will move up one step on the salary schedule, and will receive a 1 percent salary increase and a 1 percent stipend.

But while next year's budget appears rosier than expected, district spokeswoman Linda Littell said the long-term financial health of the district remains to be decided by voters in November.

"The real issue will be if the (budget) override fails again," she said.

The budget recommendations will be presented to the governing board at its study session on April 30, with final approval scheduled for May 12.

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