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Biting the bullet: Budget cuts promise to fuel school board debate

Thursday, February 17, 2005

With $1 million in budget cuts and the possibility of closing an elementary school facing the Clay Community School Board of School Trustees, every school board meeting promises to be a hot bed of community interest until the issue is resolved.

Tonight's board meeting is no exception.

"As a school board, and a community, we have a major problem to fix," said Terry Barr, Secretary of the Clay Community School Board. "I'm heartbroken at the prospect of making cuts of any kind that affects students. The whole board is."

Increasing health and property insurance premiums, rising utility costs, possible cuts in the secondary level extra curricular activities staff and a stalled settlement for the teacher's contract are issues that require action now.

"It's time for fiscal responsibility," Barr said. "We've got to stop looking at special interest cuts and get to the heart of the problem."

The school board, which has welcomed public opinion and input, expect a large number of people to turn out for tonight's meeting at the North Clay Middle School Media Center.

"It's our number one priority as a school board to provide the best education possible for students with what funding is available," said Barr. "Some hard choices are ahead."

The public will be able to make comments regarding impending issues facing the school corporation during the meeting. Time is limited to five minutes per person and the individuals wanting to speak must sign in before the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

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