Las Cruces schools may see staff cuts amid tight budget

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Las Cruces Public School District may have fewer teachers next year due to a budget crisis.

The school board is considering a plan that would cut staff to close an estimated $2.9 budget shortfall. District officials say the cuts mean some retiring teachers won’t be replaced and high schools may go to block scheduling.

Superintendent Stan Rounds says if cuts aren’t made, staff could see a reduction in pay.

The cuts come after school districts across New Mexico received less money from the state due to falling oil revenue.

The budget is expected to be finalized in late May.

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