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Brewer vetoes new payment plan for small district

The superintendent of a three-school district about 50 miles west of Phoenix says teacher layoffs and larger class sizes are likely now that Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that extended the time it has to pay back overspending by six years.

Brewer said in a letter explaining Thursday’s veto of House Bill 2018 that Saddle Mountain Unified School District in Tonopah has already received three extensions after overspending by about $4.4 million between 2004 and 2007. She says she feels for the students but the debt would be paid by now if the original schedule had been followed.

Superintendent Mark Joraanstad was hired in 2008 and says the people who created the problem are long gone. He says students will suffer because of the veto.

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