MPS could need to layoff 400

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery's school superintendent says the system may need to lay off 400 employees to deal with a shortage of funds.

Superintendent Barbara Thompson told board members in a report that the cuts may be needed because the district anticipates less funding from the state and in local tax revenue in fiscal year 2011.

Thompson says positions to be cut would include support staff, secretaries and custodians, and certified personnel, such as teachers.

Assistant Superintendent Ron Glover that in addition to cuts in state funding, jobs may have to be cut because of a drop in sales and property tax revenues. He says that whatever happens at the state level, there will be less local money available this year.

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