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Alliance superintendent finalizing school contracts and work agreements

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Some workers in Alliance Public Schools could be out of a job as the superintendent tries to erase a 2.5 million dollar debt in the district.
 
Dr. Troy Unzicker says he's working on finalizing school contracts and work agreements with classified workers and the administration by the end of this month.

He says for the next five years, the school board plans on making a $500,000 cut each year to break even in the general budget debt.

Dr. Unzicker says most of the cuts in the past have come out of the operating costs. He says "you can't go much lower" than we already have.

Dr. Unzicker says several teachers, administration and classified workers have already taken cuts to their benefits.

He says the administrators are the highest paid people in the district, but they rank low in the array when comparing their salaries to other districts. As for classified workers, they rank high in their array despite being the lower paid employees in the district.
 
"I understand people are going to be upset, it's their pocketbook," said Dr. Unzicker. "We know that but through the financial health of the district the board felt at this time they had to eliminate those [benefit] deals because as we try to reach that magic 500,000 dollars we're trying to save, I can tell you we've updated all of our numbers and I still have $250,000 to cut after all of our negotiations are over."
 
Dr. Unzicker says it is possible job cuts could happen by April.

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