04 - 06 - 2010 Budget belt-tightening squeezes out 16 positions in Newport
(PCT) The Newport School Board eliminated 16 positions to stop a hemorrhage of red ink while spectators showed ire or wept. As one board member said, the district is a family. And letting go of your family is never easy. Some of those affected made emotional pleas. Others expressed anger. Some residents supported those who might lose their jobs by grilling board members whose responses werenât what many of the approximate 150 spectators wanted to hear. The school district hasnât hit rock bottom, but is edging closer & closer, according to district officials. Without the furloughs, some said Newport School District might become a thing of the past, the victim of a $1 million-plus deficit.