Leaders in the Stevens Point School District are making some tough cuts to balance their budget. More than 50 teachers will be out of a job after this school year.
Monday night the school board voted 5 to 4 in favor of cutting 20 teaching jobs district wide, as well as the band, orchestra, and chorus programs from all of the elementary schools.
That's on top of the 30 teachers the school board had already approved to lay-off. That means higher class sizes for students next year.
"Whenever you cut that number of teaching positions, in result it increases class sizes at some level," said Superintendent Steven Johnson.
He says last week's failed referendum to allow the district to exceed its budget, forced them to make the necessary cuts.