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Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Takes Pay Cut, More Cuts Expected

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Metro school districts are doing everything they can to keep teachers in the classroom. In Oklahoma City that means the top administrator is taking a pay cut.

Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer asked that his salary be cut by $25,000 this year and the school board approved the cut Monday night.

Originally, Springer was slated to receive a $185,000 compensation package. Springer's base salary was reduced from $165,000 annually to $140,000 a year.

The school board also approved 20 furlough days for central office staff.

The district is facing a $10 million reduction in state aid for the coming school year. In addition to the furloughs, the district anticipates 131 layoffs as it prepares its budget, which should be approved on July 1. The board will meet again next week to approve a final budget.

Oklahoma City Public Schools still have to cut $17 million to get back in the black for the upcoming school year and they want input.

The first meeting on what the cuts mean for students and the city starts at Classen High School at 6 p.m. A second meeting it set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 at U.S. Grant High School.

More: OKC School Job Cuts to Begin Next Month.

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