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Classified employees in the financially troubled Hattiesburg Public School District will be subject to a 5 percent salary cut for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year

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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Classified employees in the financially troubled Hattiesburg Public School District will be subject to a 5 percent salary cut for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. That's according to a letter sent Thursday by interim Superintendent Greg Ladner.

The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/1NUeqHb) Ladner sent out additional letters on the cuts Friday to the approximately 390 individuals affected.

Classified jobs include such positions as custodial, maintenance, secretarial, technical, teacher assistant and transportation.

Ladner also notified approximately 15 classified staff Friday that they would be laid off.

Ladner has taken a salary reduction from $130,000 to $120,000 a year. His predecessor, James Bacchus, made $165,000 annually.

The district's financial woes were first brought to light when Bacchus resigned in December after nearly five years with the district.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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