The Jeffco Public Schools board voted 4 to 1 to pass the budget just before 10 p.m.
Jeffco Schools is facing a $50 million budget shortfall. The budget passed Thursday night cuts $14 million through layoffs, larger class sizes, less choice for electives and secondary credits, less classroom support, less office and building support, fewer transportation routes and less technology.
The board says 59 of the 70 teachers being cut will be from elementary schools. Other positions being eliminated include many administrative positions and at least 11 assistant principals and 22 secretaries.
The board also plans to make a withdrawal from a $100 million district account and using $36 million of that money to get through the next year.
Earlier at the meeting, much of the talk was about the board itself, specifically board member Laura Boggs. Boggs is accused of being disruptive and rude in a classroom and making inappropriate comments in other school settings.
"They indicate particularly worrisome behaviors that could arguably be described as not just harmful to the good of the district's integrity and student achievement, but potentially unethical in their scope," Phyllis Albertson, a concerned citizen, said.
A group of parents called for a formal censure of Boggs.
A group of business and community leaders also expressed concerns about the board as a whole.
There was also the issue of charging students a fee to ride school buses. There will be an assessment of that plan over the summer and chances for parents to give their opinions at some community meetings. If that charge goes into effect, it would not be until the 2011-2012 school year.
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