- Associated Press - Thursday, February 23, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Staff at Albuquerque Public Schools will not face layoffs or furloughs this year as the district has found other ways to cover a $12.5 million budget cut.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/2moQhCS ) that instead of making the money through staff changes, the district is taking $6.65 million out of cash reserves and making up the rest from a number of areas, including substitute teacher funds and staff reductions by attrition.

The $12.5 million budget cut came Jan. 31 when Gov. Susana Martinez signed several bills that pull from school district cash reserves in an effort to address the state’s massive deficit.

District Executive Director of Budget and Strategic Planning Debora Warren says cuts in the middle of the school year can be challenging because many schools have already spent their budgets.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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