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LIBERTY, Mo. -- Major changes in the Liberty School District are expected to put about 25 people out of work next year.

The school district is working on a plan to restructure its middle schools, putting ninth-grade students, who are currently still in middle school, with high schoolers instead.

The district says moving students to the high school will give them opportunities that students of the same age have in other districts.

The district redrew its boundary lines for all middle and high schools. There are more than 200 teachers from its four middle/junior high schools whose jobs will be affected by the changes. Ultimately, about 22 teaching positions and three assistant principal positions will be eliminated, although the district hopes some of these eliminations will be offset by retirements and that the teachers will be reassigned in other schools where there are openings.

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