Nevada City school district cuts budget |

Nevada City school district cuts budget

To slash its budget by $570,000 the next school year, Nevada City Elementary School District is offering retirement incentives, not hiring replacements unless imperative, freezing avoidable expenditures and using money reserved for declining enrollment, Superintendent Roger Steel said Thursday.

The school district is axing the budget due to declining enrollment and budget cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Officials recently offered a retirement incentive for employees who are at least 55 years old and have been with the district for 15 years or more.

Four teachers took the incentive, Steel said.

Those who’ve worked for the district 15 to 20 years will receive $9,000 in medical benefits for five years or until they turn 65, Steel said. Employees who’ve been with the district for 20 or more years will get $11,000 in medical benefits for five years or until they turn 65.

Of the four teachers, two will be replaced, saving the district about $180,000, as the new hires will have a lower salary, Steel added.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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