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Yarnell elementary school struggles after wildfire

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YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) - The school district that serves Yarnell has been struggling with declining property values and enrollment since last year's Yarnell Hill Fire.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter says the Model Creek School had a $150,000 budget deficit. It's the only school in the Yarnell Elementary School District.

The Daily Courier reports that some homes will be subject to a tax rate increase to help offset some of the losses. The state also reduced funding because of declining enrollment numbers.

Carter says property values have dropped by about $17 million.

About 30 students are enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The district has cut employees' hours and salaries, and cut back on art, music, physical education and sports programs. It's also considering a four-day school schedule to save money.

Information from: The Daily Courier, http://www.dcourier.com

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