PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire school district officials could lay off 50 employees because of budget issues.

Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl Metzler tells The Eagle-Tribune the $71.8 million default budget put in place by the school board last month neglected costs for transportation, special education and food services. The budget came after voters rejected a $72.8 million operating budget

Timberlane Teacher's Association president Ryan Richman says union members were ignored when they raised concerns about the budget. Richman says the school board didn't operate transparently during talks.

Metzler says he's trying to spread out the staff cuts so no group is targeted.

A school board meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com