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McKinney ISD May Have To Cut Alterative School

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School lockers at a high school in Houston, Texas. (credit: AP)

School lockers at a high school in Houston, Texas. (credit: AP)

McKINNEY (CBSDFW.COM) – The McKinney Independent School District isn’t immune to the state’s budget deficit crisis.  $15 million will have to slashed from McKinney’s expected $170 million budget.

130 jobs could be cut.  District officials say no teachers will be laid off, but some position vacancies will not be filled, and at least 60 non-campus positions will be slashed.

When it comes to affecting campuses, McKinney is set to transition an alternative education program back to regular campuses.  The district’s LINC (Learning in a New Context) Center provides specialized classroom instruction for students who are drastically behind in credits.

60 at-risk students are part of the LINC program.  But officials say the $500,000 operation will be shut down, and students will receive similar services on their neighborhood middle and high school campuses.

“The reality is, we can do that (provide program) at our high schools, at an efficient manner,” says district spokesman Cody Cunningham.

The LINC Center started in 1989.  Students on the verge of not completing high school were targeted for the program.  McKinney ISD currently provides a number of dropout prevention programs on the campuses of its three comprehensive high schools.

The school board will have to approve the job reductions and program changes.

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