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Tuesday night was a night to remember for people involved in education as one school board after another across southern Arizona made difficult cuts in the wake of ever-shrinking budgets.
An overflow crowd at Tuesday night's meeting of the TUSD governing board expressed their anger and discontent about job losses.
Similar meetings with similar news took place in the Sunnyside and Amphi school districts.
As for TUSD, nearly 200 certified staff members were told they wouldn't have jobs at their schools next year.
Teachers weren't the only ones in TUSD who received pink slips.
A list presented to TUSD's governing board Tuesday night has the names of 64 administrator's that could lose their jobs next year.
For schools that are far under capacity, they will not need an administrator if the district closes the school.
District officials say the cuts are part of a planning process as they prepare for a $17M budget deficit next year, and that's if Prop 100 passes.
If it doesn't pass, the deficit would be nearly $42 million.
TUSD officials say they expect most of the 64 administrators to be recalled. Provided that funding becomes available.
Meanwhile, the nearly 200 teachers who received pink slips have been placed in a transfer pool to compete for 111 vacancies.