No one showed up to comment at a public hearing where the Gary School Board made a tough decision by cutting $23 million from its 2009 budget and eliminating nearly 500 positions.
Still, the board adopted a budget of $161.4 million, $122.9 million specifically for the general fund, which covers operating expenses, including salaries and benefits.
The positions that were eliminated also are connected to the closing of 12 schools in Gary, thus eliminating a duplication of services. Some of the positions were vacant. About 135 teachers will be laid off. The salaries for about 13 teachers will be moved from the general fund to Title II funds.
Part of the cuts will come from a proposal to close 12 schools and reconfigure others.