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AVCS 'frustrated' over numbers

Savage said that he and the school business manager, Scott Brow, have already frozen their pay as part of the budget process and that they are working with other groups to do the same.

"We are currently in discussions with all AVCS administrators and teachers for a salary freeze next year," Savage said. "We have painstakingly reviewed every possible category in our budget to identify additional savings."

During the meeting, Savage presented three budget possibilities, all with the goal of a 4 percent increase in the tax levy. Under the current proposal, the plan would call for the elimination of 29 total positions, including 19 teaching positions.

Plan two, in which the school would see an aid increase of $400,000, calls for the elimination of 24 total positions, 15 being instructional. The third plan would have an increase in aid of $800,000 would call for 19 position cuts, 11 being instructional.

"In reality, we are looking at something between where we are and option two," Savage said.

School board president Mary Bailey described the meeting as "heart-breaking."

"It's devastating and it's most unfair, I believe, that every district is being treated the same when we are not every other district," Bailey said. "We have worked very hard to build this school up, and I can't help but feel that these cuts are taking some of that away."

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