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The Clark County School District is cutting 170 dean positions at middle and high schools as a way to help alleviate a $17-million budget deficit.

Superintendent Jesus Jara made the announcement via video Monday.

The Legislature was able to come up with additional money for the district during it’s recent session, then the district realized it needed more than originally thought. That left the district with a $17-million deficit for the upcoming school year and another for the 2020-2021 school year.

Deans handle discipline and attendance issues for the schools they serve. Their elimination comes at a time when the CCSD is facing an increase in school violence and guns on campus. Random school searches were implemented during the last school year as a way to help fight these problems. Deans who are losing their jobs can apply for vacant teaching positions within the district, but that will result in a pay cut.