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Davenport School Layoffs

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Bad news for some employees of the Davenport schools. On Friday layoff notices were sent to teachers, secretarial, and administrative staff, as part of the budget reductions agreed to by the board of education.

Spokeswoman Dawn Saul blames falling enrollment in the district, and lost revenue due to the state's decades-old school aid formula that requires Davenport to spend less per student than many districts in Iowa.

She doesn't have exact numbers, but says the layoffs affect 83 teachers of the approximately 1,200 employed by the district. Total employment is about 2,400. The layoffs include members of the central office staff.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.