LEUPP, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation education department has taken over a school on the reservation that is struggling financially.

About 20 employees of Leupp Schools Inc. recently lost their jobs as part of a reorganization plan.

(Photo: Leupp Chapter)

Community members and parents had urged the Department of Dine Education to assume control of the school. The tribe’s Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to do so.

Department spokesman Albert Deschine says the local school board no longer is making decisions. It has been placed on advisory status.

The K-12 school is run under contract with the federal government. Tribal officials say the school failed to pay more than $100,000 in federal employee taxes, paid out too much in salaries and posted a deficit of almost $2 million last year.