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April 21, 2018 11:29 AM

South Dakota District Downsizes Staff Amid $1.5M Deficit

LEAD, S.D. (AP)

A school district in western South Dakota is downsizing its staff as it prepares to face a $1.5 million budget deficit.

The Lead-Deadwood School District is redistributing duties as six employees plan to retire or resign at the end of the school year.

Superintendent Dan Leikvold says the district is using the staff reorganization as an opportunity to save money as it braces for the deficit in the upcoming budget cycle. He says they won't be hiring for some of the open positions, and instead fill the responsibilities with existing staff members.

The district also seeks to improve efficiency in staff scheduling.

The downsizing is in part a result of declining enrollment.

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