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A combination of cuts should get the budget back on track, the superintendent says.

FILE PHOTO - Beaverton Superintendent Don Grotting this week outlined a series of cuts to bring the budget into balance.The good news is: Filling Beaverton's multi-million dollar hole should avoid teacher layoffs or ending the school year early.

The bad news is: It's hard to slash as much as $12 million in the middle of an academic year without affecting key services for students. And even the list of budget cuts the district is pursuing won't completely close the projected gap.

Beaverton Superintendent Don Grotting came up with four specific steps the district is taking:

• Limit using substitutes for "non-classroom" positions to save $2 million.

• Cut non-salary budgets by 20 percent "for all schools and departments" to save $2.6 million.

• Cut non-salary budgets related to curriculum and textbooks to save $2.6 million.

• Freeze hiring for "non-classroom" positions to save $800,000.

Those steps add up to $8 million — a few million shy of the entire budget gap Beaverton school leaders are facing.

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