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      Music and art eyed in school budget cuts

      The Marquette Area Public School Board is trying to dig its way out of a 2.4 million dollar budget deficit. In the school board's first phase of the budgeting process, the preliminary plan is to eliminate up to 8.8 full-time teaching positions. Those teachers were notified Monday of the possible layoffs. Some of the positions that could be cut are music and art teachers.

      "Cutting is a horrible thing to go through. We've been cutting for the last three, four, five years--approximately one million from our budget each year--so it's been painful every time," said MAPS Board President, Scott Brogan.

      The next meeting is set for June, which is when the board will vote on the employee cuts.

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