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More school money woes

State, federal cuts and enrollment decline produce projected $650,000 shortfall

Payson schools face a $650,000 deficit for the upcoming school year, a frustrated Superintendent Casey O’Brien warned a sobered school board this week. Unless the state budget picture changes, the district will have to cut another 5 percent from its operating budget, despite an increase in health costs and other items. O’Brien didn’t speculate on how the district might close the projected budget gap, but acknowledged the board may have to approve layoffs or other painful cuts for the third year in a row.

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