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By Andrew Christiansen

Lyle School Board cuts budget 23 percent, adds back .3 FTE for interim superintendent


The Lyle School Board passed a budget that anticipates $777,237 less revenue and $825,032 less spending for the 2012-13 school year. The 23 percent cut in expenditures was described by Tim Merlino as “a huge cut for a small school district.” But it is just the beginning of action that will hopefully right the school’s sinking ship and secure its future.

Merlino is the administrator assigned by ESD112 to advise the school on action that would immediately balance the budget and then work to improve the overall situation at the school. The cut in revenue and budget is predicated on an expected enrollment of 220 students, a loss of 75 from the current year. Teaching staff will be reduce...

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