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MMSD board approves teacher layoffs, supt. pay freeze

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison School Board members voted unanimously to approve more money-saving measures Monday night, as they look to fill a $30 million budget gap.

The district says it will cut four teaching positions -- partly because of declining enrollment in those classes.

They include three foreign language teachers and a technology instructor.

During the meeting, Superintendent Dan Nerad said the district considered many other factors before making decisions about layoffs -- including resignations, retirements, and leaves of absence.

Board Members say they wanted to keep the layoff list as short as possible.

As another cost-cutting measure, Nerad himself volunteered to freeze his $198,500 a year salary.

"I felt very strongly it was important for me to initiate that," Nerad said. "This is a hard time. If other people are being looked at [for pay freezes], I felt I should be looked at. That's the spirit this was done in."

Nerad isn't alone in the pay freeze. Over the last two months, board members voted to freeze pay for all administrators, trade unions, and other non union staff.

Board members cut their own travel and food budgets, too.

Madison Teachers, Inc. -- the union representing teachers -- did not return calls for comment on the layoffs.

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