KLAMATH FALLS - The Klamath County School District budget committee approved $5.8 million in budget cuts for the coming school year, cut 45 teaching positions and trimmed the athletics budget by $750,000.

Some class sizes could increase to 40 students and likely will average about 30 district-wide.

The budget committee action allows 15 teachers to take buyouts and early retirement.

It eliminates middle school athletics and trims the high school sports budget by 25 percent.

The district had to cut at least $5.8 million from its $52 million general fund to make up for a state funding shortfall. Legislators proposed a $6 billion state budget for public schools in the upcoming biennium.

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