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St. Louis public schools facing $58M deficit, cuts coming soon

(KMOV) -- St. Louis public schools are facing a $58 million deficit and officials say deep cuts may be coming soon.

St. Louis closed 14 schools last year and at least three more may be on the chopping block this year.

Today, St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams said the district finances are not looking good as enrollment and tax revenue continue to decline.

The cuts may come as early as next fall and Admas said no job is safe.  He said he intends to present a balanced budget to the school board, but even then, the board will not know specifics for several weeks.

Right now, teachers and other staff members may feel the effects of those cuts.  If there are no immediate job cuts, district employees may lose benefits such as healthcare.

Superintendent Adams said it is possible that schools might get more stimulus money and the slightest increase in enrollment could be worth $1 million or more.

The school board does not have specifics on how many jobs will be cut, but more information is expected to be available later this month.
 

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