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Posted: Saturday, June 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:19 am, Sat Jun 30, 2012.

Local school district budgets approved earlier this week include cuts to transportation and teachers for the third consecutive year.

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District has essentially closed all school libraries by eliminating library technicians to save money. Other cuts include eliminating the youth development coordinator, one groundskeeper, one site administrator and all outreach consultant positions except for the homeless liaison. The number of academic coach and instructional assistant positions have been decreased.

A salary freeze and five furlough days have been instituted for all employees, and only rural routes and special education bus service will be provided under the budget approved Wednesday with a 4-0 vote. Board president John Gordon was absent.

"We project ending the school year with a 3.13 percent reserve, which equates to a half-month of employee payroll," Superintendent Karen Schauer said in an email this week.

Galt Joint Union High School District trustees also approved a budget Wednesday, but specific details were unavailable.

Arcohe Union School District trustees approved that district's $3 million budget last week without laying off any teachers.

Superintendent Jim Shock was tasked with presenting a budget without teacher layoffs when trustees voted against eliminating the positions at a meeting in April.

However, under the approved budget, two teaching positions will be eliminated for the 2013-14 school year and an additional teaching position will be eliminated in the 2014-15 budget, according to Shock.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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