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Oklahoma juvenile agency prioritizes needs

BY JULIE BISBEE Modified: December 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm •  Published: January 23, 2010

/> The department already has offered eligible employees an early retirement plan and is furloughing employees. Twenty-five employees at the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs took the voluntary buyout plan. Employees could be offered a buyout again in July before layoffs would begin, Christian said.

The agency also is reducing the number of juveniles at the Rader Center because budget cuts ended funding for repairs on cottages there.

The agency also has cut its overtime spending and prevention contracts.

"Cutting one is not going to do it,” Christian said. "We’re going to have to cut all sides.”