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Yakima School District cutting $5.5 million in spending

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The Yakima School District will cut another $5.5 million of education spending.

Whether in meetings or on the phone, Yakima Superintendent Dr. Elaine Beraza is busy with the budget.  Now that she knows the cut will be 5.5 million dollars, Beraza says they'll have to cut a little everywhere.

"However, I believe we can do it in such a way that we don't impact anything connected to academics or athletics so I don't think students will in fact see any difference whatsoever," said Dr. Beraza.

District employees have cut back for months, mostly on teacher development and travel costs. Now, they must cut deeper.

The district is shutting down the School of the Arts and re-working the Alternative School. While that sounds like a bad thing, Dr. Beraza says it's actually an opportunity to improve the Stanton campus.

"The sky is the limit in terms of ideas bold and innovative, what would it look like for kids if it was done right, not saying they haven't done a good job in the past, its just a new opportunity," said Dr. Beraza

With more than 14,000 students in the district, Dr. Beraza says curriculum is a priority, so they're cutting elsewhere.

Seven positions will be eliminated from the district's main office, the contract for security resource was re-negotiated to save 25 percent and the remaining teacher development day will be cancelled.