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Columbus Schools Facing Job Cuts

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More than a dozen employees working for Columbus Junction Schools could be facing job loss.

Columbus Community Schools is more than $450,000 in the red.

The school board has voted to cut 13 employees including seven teachers, 4 para-professional educators, a high school secretary and an elementary school administrator.

The district is having financial problems because of declining enrollment. The schools have lost 200 students since 2002.

"Where we're loosing them is they move to other districts in the state" Superintendent Dr. Marlene Johnson said. "They're moving out of state and a portion of them are moving back to Mexico.

The district has not decided which employees from each department will be laid off.

The master contract with the teachers union said evaluations, certifications and seniority can be used when determining layoffs.

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