Centreville schools cut back

The Centreville Public Schools Board of Education took action Tuesday that will eliminate 2 1/2 teaching positions, two classroom aides and a bus driver in the 2012-13 academic year.

The special meeting drew more than 40 people, including almost two dozen students who have banded together to support one of the teacher casualties, media specialist Meredith Bunning. A 310-signature petition was presented to the board and a Facebook page created by Centreville High School junior Chris Carpenter was shared with its members.

Bunning, 37, has been with the district for nine years and serves as media specialist at Centreville Elementary School as well as for its junior high and high school students.

Superintendent Rob Kuhlman said the district faces a $670,000 deficit next year and the measures taken Tuesday, which also included undisclosed savings through other measures, trimmed $545,000 from the deficit.

He said the layoffs could be rescinded if the district receives more in state funding than it is projecting, or if student enrollment in the fall is greater than what district officials are estimating.

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