LEROY — The Pine River Area School District will be facing the new school year without two of its teachers.

Members of the Pine River Area School Board of Education approved the lay-offs of Jennifer Geiger and Carolee Wilkins at an Aug. 11 meeting. Both were teachers at Pine River Area Elementary School.

"It's connected to budget cuts and the reduction of students," said PRAS Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis. "It's an unfortunate inevitability."

In other business, Lukshaitis reported that teachers are returning to the schools to become settled and prepare for the new school year.