Navasota School Board Reduces Job Cuts

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They met for two and half hours behind closed doors, but Navasota school board members made no formal announcement about who would be losing a job at a school board meeting Thursday evening.

"There are approximately nine positions that may be affected, and actually two of those positions are positions that might go away anyway, so it could just be seven when it's all said and done," said Navasota School Board President Hollis Hood.

Hood said the budget doesn't have to be approved until August, so the board still has time to determine if cuts will be necessary.

However, the board did authorize Superintendent Jennings Teel to continue working on the budget and to notify anyone who will lose a job.

Hood says those seven to nine cuts would eliminate around $245,000 from the budget.

Teel previously told KBTX that athletic cuts and consolidation of school bus routes could cut another $160,000 to $200,000 from the budget.

No one at Thursday's meeting could say the total dollar amount the district wants to eliminate.

"We don't really have that number yet, I guess we could probably get the number but we're not to that point yet," said Hood.

District officials say the proposed three percent raise for all staff will cost roughly around $500,000 dollars.

The board will meet again for a budget workshop Monday, July 21, at 6:30pm.