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Are teacher layoffs coming to the Panhandle?

Panhandle Superintendent Robin Fulce Panhandle Superintendent Robin Fulce

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Millions of dollars in state funding cuts are coming to school districts across the Texas Panhandle, but there's one thing most of them are doing their best to avoid.

The message from every school district we spoke with , including Amarillo ISD was a simple one... Try to avoid laying off teachers at all costs.

This comes at a time when the state teachers union, upset with he governor's proposed budget, say they may have to lay off 100,000 teachers.

The superintendents we spoke with say the Panhandle has the option to keep teachers because for the most part, districts have been very conservative in their spending and have rainy day funds set aside.

That doesn't mean there aren't worries though... It's still millions of dollars being cut from their budgets, so some cuts are inevitable.

Panhandle Superintendent Robin Fulce says, "Supplies, computers, technology, it's a big part of our budget now and we'll certainly make cuts there. Just across the board cuts, every program will be cut."

Instead of layoffs, many districts are planning on cutting back through attrition... Not filling positions as they become open from people quitting or retiring.

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