Longview district makes budget cuts after giving raises

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — The Longview School District plans to delay the adoption of new elementary science and social studies curriculums to make up part of the more than $1 million budget overages.

The Daily News reports the overages were created after the district signed off on a 9 percent pay raise for teachers and a 6.75 percent raise for secretaries and other staff.

Finance director Patti Bowen says the district has also hired four special education support staff members and is paying extra to compensate teachers for class size overload.

Bowen says delaying the curriculums until next school year will save about $445,000.

The district also will leave staff positions unfilled to save money, and it expects to receive an increase in state funding.