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Job cuts looming at Commerce ISD

By Scott Harvey

Commerce – The Commerce ISD has approved a measure that allows for the discharge of one or more non-renewal employees.

Thursday night's item simply recognizes there is a problem financially, but additional action is required before layoffs could begin.

"We will have to reduce some [employees]," said Superintendent Blake Cooper. "That number is still up for debate. I really don't want to say yet until I visit with the staffs."

Cooper says the School Board has developed three options that would cut either $1.5 million, $1 million or $700,000 from next year's budget. At this point, he believes that number will fall somewhere in the $900,000 range.

The district is also preparing to freeze administrator salaries, furlough employee days, reduce staff travel as well as custodial and food service budgets.