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Hattiesburg Public Schools Cuts 23 Teachers

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Public School District board approves the cutbacks of 23 teaching positions.

Superintendent James Bacchus said they met on Tuesday and voted on the proposed budget cuts. He says they will not cut any programs at schools. However the teacher cuts were needed to help balance the budget for the upcoming school year.

Bacchus said $1.8 million was saved but most of that money went to other costs.

"Out of that $1.8million, we saved about only $600,000 thousand because of other costs," he said.

He said the district to a hit because they received a lower amount of state funds.

"We had a reduction in state funding by $262,000," he said.

Another unexpected hit came from the cost of insurance over the schools. Bacchus said the coverage more than doubled.

"From $300,000 to $700,000," he said.

JThe 23 teachers not returning to HPSD also include retirees and resignations.

"Many of those cuts were absorbed by that," he said.

He said Hattiesburg High was affected the most. Outside of budget cuts, the high school will be getting a new. Bacchus said Robert Sanders is no longer with the district.

"It was a personnel matter and I cant' comment on that," he said.

Bacchus said they hope to have someone in place before school starts in August.

Bacchus said the teacher cuts will not adjust the teacher-student ratio when it comes to class size. He said for ever 25 students there is one teacher.

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