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The Davenport Community School District just approved about $2 million in budget cuts, but it's not because of a deficit. The school district says it is nearing its budget limit and needs to make reductions to stay in line.

The reduction plan includes everything from efficiencies in janitorial services to reduction in office budgets. The savings also includes the end of a contract with Edison, a private company, that has operated Jefferson School.

District spokesperson Dawn Saul says they did everything they could to find long term reductions while trying to stay away from cuts that would directly impact the classroom.

Here are some of the specific cuts:

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-$1,212,000 from the health insurance fund

-Custodians presented an efficiency plan that will cut $180,000

-5% reduction in department budgets.

- Not renew contract with Edison, which saves $700,000. $350,000 is staying with the Jefferson School. The other $350,000 is going into the general fund.

-Administrator pro development decreased by $500 each (totaling $32,000).

-25% reduction in the superintendent account ($12,000).

-25% reduction in bonds account ($9,000).

-Removed the stipend for the teacher in charge position (they did not remove the position, just a bonus stipend of $40,000).

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