South Washington County School District 833 has determined to delay almost half of the proposed budget cuts. Engagement of the public was part of the deciding factor for the decision to delay the cuts. However, the district still intends to increase class sizes by cutting 25.5 FTEs and eliminate World Language from the elementary schools.
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It would seem, since this has happened in the past, that District 833's tactics are once again to lead the people to believe that they are absolutely broke, then threaten to cut programs and services that are near and dear to the people's hearts, then "delay" those cuts in order to coerce the community into giving them what they really want: an approved referendum.
So, people, please do not go back to sleep. We need to be asking for a line item budget that will give a clear picture of exactly why District 833 has found itself in the predicament it is in and then fix that problem.
Call your Board Members and ask them to please continue to be diligent in their search for answers. Ask them to insist on receiving a line item budget before they make any more decisions regarding the budget or a levy referendum. Remind them that they are the elected officials - put in place to be the voices of the people.
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