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ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

ACT budget cuts should not impact student’s educational opportunities

Carina Block, Copy Editor

April 11, 2019

This year's junior class took the ACT April 2 with no cost to the students, but a large price tag of $41 thousand to the school. Next year, there will no longer be a free, school-funded ACT exam. In recent years, the state has not provided school districts with money for them to provide tests like the A...

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Budget cuts severely diminish professional and curriculum development plans

Abby Banks, Print Editor-in-Chief

March 15, 2019

The school board voted 5-1 to cut $348,000 from the district's budgeted professional development (PD) days at a March 7 business meeting. This was on top of the $500,000 cut with combined PD and curriculum development budget that occurred Dec. 20, 2018. This cut accounted for roughly 56 percent o...

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

School board further reduces 2019-2020 budget to fill deficit, still does not comply with policy R 5.4

Lilly Sample, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 26, 2019

During the 2017-2018 school year, the board fell into a $2.4 million deficit pit. Meetings to address the deficit began in early October, and are still continuing into late February. Being $2.4 million in the hole, the board needs to make cuts for operations to return to normal for the 2019-2020 school...

School board in discussions to cut $2.5 million

School board in discussions to cut $2.5 million

Hazel Flock, Layout Editor

December 18, 2018

On Dec. 13, the school board began examining the budget cuts within the district that needed to happen. The school is budgeting around a $2.5 million deficit and they approved $1.081 million worth of cuts as of Jan. 11. The board originally proposed $1.523 million in reductions, however after t...

Budget cuts hit district

Sam Begin, Layout Editor-in-Chief

May 16, 2015

Budget cuts have rolled around again to the district as continued deficit spending mandates continued cuts to program funding. The goal of these cuts is to create a balanced budget for the 2015-2016 school year, but some people wonder what these cuts will do to the quality of education the district maintains. While...

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