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By Danny Hooley Posted June 19, 2014 at 3:35 am

At tonight’s meeting of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, board members will go over a list of possible reductions totaling $3 million, in order to balance the district’s budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

Last week the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted to nearly fund the full funding request by Chapel Hil-Carrboro Schools, which meant raising general property taxes by two cents.

But faced with uncertainty about the state budget that will come out of the General Assembly, the Board pf Education is anticipating the need to come up with between $850,000 and $3.8 million to balance the school district’s budget.

The list of possible cuts includes nearly $546,000 from the gifted specialist program, as well as eliminating 22 teacher assistants. In all, there are 61.5 full-time positions up for consideration.

The Board will receive a recommended budget on July 1, and vote to adopt it on July 17.

Tonight’s meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center in Chapel Hill.

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