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BEAVERTON - On the long list of districts facing major budget problems in Oregon, Beaverton holds an unenviable distinction of having the largest budget gap in the state.

The third-largest district in the state will likely see significant class size increases, with an average of 30 students in elementary classrooms and up to 44 students per class in high schools.

Hundreds of people packed the high school cafeteria to weigh in on trying to the dodge proposed cuts Tuesday night.

The current plan calls for cutting more than eight-percent of the staff, most of them teachers, to save an estimated $37 million.

The district said closing schools was not an option since all of the high schools, except for one, is at capacity.

The budget was set to be approved in a little more than two weeks.

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