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Shifting priorities in where people are needed in Duval County schools will result in staff cuts. Roger Weeder, First Coast News

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Budget discussions for this year in Duval County Schools include a proposal to cut clerical staff in the district to free up $7 million that could be used to fund positions in the classroom.

On Wednesday, the school board learned the focus is trimming clerical in the district, those who work in the main school board building, by 66 positions. The potential savings would be $2 million.

The proposal also includes eliminating one clerical position in every school which has a potential impact of $5 million.

The reduction in force as it's called is subject to negotiations with the union. Those talks are still ongoing.

The school board instructed district staff to work on the clerical reductions. The expectation is to have some clearer answers on the outcome next month.

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