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Antigo school district could lay off 28 staff members

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ANTIGO (WAOW) -- The Antigo school board approves preliminary layoff notices for 28 staff members next year. Even after years of continued budget crunching, the district works to stay out of the red.

School leaders said it made the most sense to give the preliminary layoff notices to the 28 least senior members of the district. But district leaders said the lack of solid facts makes it hard to set any plans in stone.

"It's going to be really important for us to, thoughtfully, with our board and our community, think through what makes the most sense now," said Antigo School District Administrator Roxann Bornemann.

The state mandates force the school board to lay out preliminary cuts before the end of February, even though they don't know exactly what the state budget has in store.

So Antigo leaders prepare for the worst while trying to do what's best for their students.

"Each individual district is going to be a little different," said Bornemann. "We're anticipating that we actually might have to reduce more."

School leaders said they may have to cut $1.4 million from next year's budget. And they already cut more than sixty employees over the past six years. Even after this new round of layoffs, some students said the future doesn't look too different from the past.

"You can hope it's the end but it's not going to be," said Antigo High School student Jesse Richardson. "With everything that's going on now, there's definitely going to be a lot more teachers that are angry which might make them want to leave."

Because of state statutes, the district has until March 15th to give their final layoff notices.

School leaders said there's still a possibility the number of layoffs could change after taking the state budget and retirements into consideration. Teachers have until March 21st to decide if they want to retire after this year.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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