$2.5 Million in School Cuts 'Will Start at the Top'

The Lynwood Unified School District outlined plans Tuesday to cut next year's projected budget by about 6%, reducing funds for every department but hitting district administration the hardest.

"It will start at the top," board President Joe Battle said as an uneasy silence fell over the 30-member audience at Tuesday's board meeting.

The Lynwood district would cut $1.5 million, or 10.4%, from its administration, $784,928, or 5.4%, from secondary schools and $244,670, or 1.4% from elementary schools.

The $2.5 million in reductions were not broken down further, but board members agreed that saving instructional programs would be the highest priority, followed by saving jobs. Some clerical and counseling positions are likely to be on the cut list, officials said.

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