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Richland elementary school kids will have to wait until August to meet their teachers

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- The students and parents at Marcus Whitman Elementary School received a letter saying Fly-Up Day has been pushed back.

Fly-Up Day usually happens in June, when students in Kindergarten through 5th grade meet their teachers for next year, see their classroom and find out what they'll be doing.  This year the school moved in back to the end of the summer.

"You sometimes have to pull a student out of a class with a teacher he or she thought they were going to have and enter a new class. And sometimes causes disappointment.  So in August we'll be more sure," says Steve Aagaard, the Communication Director for Richland Schools.

The main reason for the change is because the Legislature went into special session relatively late and the schools didn't know the exact effects of budget cuts.  The Richland school district says they got initial estimates about a week and half ago from the state. They are expecting to lose nearly five million dollars.

Aagaard says  human resources is in the process of finalizing which teachers go to which classrooms.  He says the estimated five million dollars in cuts  will likely result in pay cuts for teachers, larger class sizes and fewer programs.