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Millcreek Teachers Union Preparing for Job Eliminations

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A sobering night for Millcreek school teachers, tonight.

In a closed-door meeting, they got a first look at their possible futures, in the face of a
$9-million budget deficit.

The 500 plus members of the Millcreek Education Association (MEA) met to review each proposal.  As of right now, district administrators plan to make cuts across the board, which includes potential school closings, school reconfigurations, and job eliminations.

According to MEA President Jon Cacchione, the number of teacher cuts depends on which option the district chooses.

As of tonight, we're told, it looks like anywhere from 15 to 50 teaching jobs could be eliminated. 

According to Cacchione, the number one concern for just about every teacher in the district-- the effect that the cuts will have on their students.

"Our teachers are distraught," said Cacchione.  "They're distraught because they don't know what this means for their students, and of course the obvious, for us, it's our livelihood.  Many are concerned with what it might mean with potential displacements, being out of a particular position, or even being out of a job."

The teachers union will now work with the district throughout the budget process.


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