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|Parents Speak Out on Monmouth-Roseville Potentially Closing Schools
|Some parents seem resigned to the fact that the Monmouth-Roseville School District may have to close an elementary school in order to help reduce a budget deficit thanks, in part, to the state's lack of ability to live up to their commitments, but that doesn't mean they're thrilled with how the process is going.
A District-238 Committee of the Whole meeting was held Monday night to go over the results of an engineering study looking at the cost to operate, rehab, and remodel each of five district buildings not including the high or junior high buildings, in order to start identifying what could be closed.
That's estimated to be between two and five million dollars per building over 10 years.
The district was looking at making a decision by March on what to do in order to have enough time to make changes for the next school year, and resident Marcia Parrish doesn't like that one bit.
"I know we're in debt, and I know we're going to be deeper in debt, but I think this is really rushing it," Parrish said. "Monmouth closed a school several years ago. We moved and entire school when we consolidated."
Roseville resident Doug Menke urged the board to not leave his community out in the cold. "If you close a Monmouth facility, you're closing one of four. If you close the Roseville facility, you're closing the only facility in our community," Menke said. "Please keep that in mind."
No decisions were made Monday night. A deficit reduction committee starts its work this week to look at all potential cost-cutting measures, including cutting schools.
The Monmouth-Roseville School Board, by the way, holds its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night at 5:30 at the Central Early Childhood Center.
(Monmouth-Roseville School District residents and parents attended a special meeting Monday night in the Monmouth-Roseville High School Auditorium. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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