The Sparta School District is searching for ways to find two-point-eight-million dollars in savings while it deals with a budget shortfall. A referendum failed at the polls earlier this month by just 39 votes. Superintendent Sam Russ says finding places to cut will involve hard decisions. W-E-A-U / T-V reports that 10 teaching positions, two educational assistants, and two secretarial jobs could be eliminated. That reportedly would save 900-thousand dollars. The district could save about 400-thousand a year if it closes Cataract Elementary School serving a small town north of Sparta. Other possible strategies could involve reducing employee benefits and eliminating another half-dozen teachers.

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