06/28/2013 06:26 EDT | Updated 08/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia's Strait school board budget includes teacher and staff cuts

PORT HASTINGS, N.S. - The budget for Nova Scotia's Strait Regional School Board includes teaching and staff reductions.

Board members approved a budget of more than $82.6 million for 2013-2014 at a special meeting Thursday.

Fifteen teaching positions have been eliminated, but all were done through attrition.

Thirteen full-time equivalent support staff positions were also eliminated — seven through attrition, while the remaining six employees were able to exercise their bumping rights.

Board officials had their provincial funding reduced this year by more than $1 million dollars.

The board is projecting a decline of roughly 270 students in the next school year.