Bentonville School Board Approves $2 Million In Budget Cuts

The Bentonville School Board approved just over $2 million of cuts to the 2014-2015 school year budget on Monday night.

The board voted for the cuts at its regularly-scheduled meeting Monday night, with members saying the district would utilize several approaches to cut the money.

Supt. Michael Poore said the cuts will end the school district’s retirement incentive program, reduce some instructional materials and will eliminate up to 15 teaching positions.

“We are trying to do three things, and the first thing we are trying to do is to not use growth money in our budget for next year,” he said. “We would like to be able to have the funds necessary for when our high school opens in 2016. We have got to have those operational funds. We would also like to give our employees a raise.”

Poore said the reduction in staff will happen through a natural process, as staff  members retire and move to new places.

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