Duval County school's chief wants to cut clerical staff, add social workers

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Duval County School Superintendent Nickolai Vitti on Friday proposed a $71.1 million budget for the next school year.

Vitti briefed the School Board on his spending plan, which calls for letting one clerical worker go at each school, but increasing the number of full-time social workers and psychologists working in the schools and spending more money on security at the high schools.

The proposal would reduce the number of reading and math coaches at high-performing schools and increase the number of art, music and physical education teachers at elementary schools.

DOCUMENT: Dr. Vitta's budget presentation

The budget document includes raises for teachers increase the teacher-to-student ratio in secondary schools.

Vitti said funding challenges include the continuing loss of state revenue due to the growth of charter schools and McKay scholarships for private schools, increase in employee benefits and loss of grants.

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