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District 70 board agrees to cut $500K

Pueblo County District 70’s school board made a move Wednesday night toward balancing the 2014-15 budget by agreeing to cut nearly $500,000 in transportation costs.

The board unanimously approved the cuts in transportation as it continues to look for ways to trim an anticipated $2.1 million from the 2014-15 budget without impacting the classroom.

Ryan Elarton, director of business services, told the board the preliminary general fund budget for next year is $56.4 million, an $870,000 increase from the current budget.

The increase, however, is not enough to offset such things as increased costs for utilities, the mandated contributions to the employee retirement account and any potential salary increases negotiated with the Pueblo County Education Association.

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