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GRPS to hire 24 teachers

Aug 20th, 2013 - Local News

The Grand Rapids Public School board voted on Monday to add 24 teaching positions to avoid overcrowded classrooms this fall. Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, said she asked for teachers because her staff is having a difficult time scheduling and getting the class sizes down to a reasonable level. The additional teachers will cost the district about $2 million to ensure a smooth start to the school year.

Grand Rapids schools has budgeted to lose a projected 700 students this school year which means a loss of state funding. The district budget approved in June reflects cutting more than 80 teaching positions because of declining enrollment as well as restructuring, the end of grants, and special education changes.

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