Lakota Schools will have 86 fewer teachers this fall

The Lakota Local School Board voted to eliminate 86 teaching positions Monday night to make its budget for the 2012-2013 school year.

Forty-three positions will be eliminated at Lakota East and West, and the school day will be reduced by one period. With the shorter school day, the number of course credits required for graduation will be reduced to the state minimum for the new school year.

At the junior high level, 25 teaching jobs will disappear, and the school day will be shortened by half an hour.

18 elementary school art, music and physical education positions will be eliminated.

Lakota will no longer run preschool classes; instead it will buy preschool services from Butler County.

The cuts are being made because of cuts in state aid and because the last three school levies have failed.

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