The Longview School Board finalized its slate of cuts for the 2010-2011 school year, factoring in the input from staff and citizens after a series of forums held in the past couple of weeks. School Board President Jennifer Leach says that these were difficult decisions, but the cuts weren’t as deep as first projected. Longview School District budget managers were projecting a shortfall of about $1.7 million for the coming school year, looking at significant shortfalls with the loss of I-728 funds and a drop in enrollment. The district is making up the bulk of the projected shortfall through personnel cuts, though they did reduce the number of certificated staff being cut in the middle school from six to three. A suggestion to eliminate stipends for Music Advisors was also reduced. A total of 14.75 full-time-equivalent teaching positions will be cut, and it’s projected that all of those cuts can be covered through retirement and resignations. The district also plans to save $447,000 by reducing paraeducator services by nearly 123 hours per day, but final action on that plan will be taken on May 10th. The School Board also approved an “pay-to-play” increase of $5 per student per sport, a move that’s projected to raise another $7,500 for the district.