DALLAS Skyline High School, the nation's first magnet school, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday.

But a cloud was hanging over the festivities; under possible budget cuts in the Dallas Independent School District, the school stands to lose 171 positions. That represents a 42 percent reduction in staff.

But despite the gloomy outlook, school leaders say they must continue to support their teachers and students.

We just need to support education in Texas, said Deanne Barker, co-chair of Skyline's reunion committee. There's a lot of kids who can't afford to go to college, and for them to have the opportunity to come to a place like Skyline and have a chance at a career is just priceless.

Former students, faculty and staff members attended Saturday's event, including charter members from the Class of 1972.

There was also a silent auction with all of the proceeds going towards scholarships for skyline students.

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