Mark Eastman, superintendent of the Oxford Hills School District in western Maine, learned in December that he had to cut $500,000 from his budget.
"I was incredulous because we're in the middle of a budget year," he confessed. "We were in a difficult spot. My hope was not to do any layoffs in the middle of the year. We scrimped, we cut maintenance, we cut a lot of things, substitutes and things like that, and we got to $400,000."
But he could find no more cuts and knew the only place to...Full Story