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|Consolidation, Sales Tax Increase Among Monmouth-Roseville Budget Recommendations
|ORIGINALLY POSTED 11:00pm 2/25/10 A committee has made its recommendations as to what should be done in order to eliminate a budget deficit in the Monmouth-Roseville School District, and what could be done if the state decides it doesn't want to help local schools as much as it has.
District-238's Deficit Reduction Committee made their recommendations to the school board last night on how it can, in the near term, remove a $500,000 deficit, and how it can possibly trim another over $1 million if what's expected to be a 9% drop in general state aid becomes a reality.
Monmouth College instructor Dr. Tim Tibbetts chairs the committee, and says a word that's getting a lot of use in some other nearby school districts these days might help there.
"The Monmouth-Roseville School Board (should) approach another school district to jointly investigate consolidation options, by initiating a feasibility study," Tibbetts said. "United (School District) would be a logical district to consolidate with. But, there may be other possibilities. We wouldn't want to neglect looking at other possible districts to form a consolidation with."
Another immediate step Tibbetts says the committee recommended is approaching the Warren County Board to allow a referendum on the November ballot asking for a one-percent sales tax increase for education that would benefit both Monmouth-Roseville and United that would help pay for operation and maintenance needs.
Other recommendations included closing at least one elementary school building in various scenarios, eliminating just a couple teaching positions through retirement, nearly across-the-board cuts in assistant coaches in the district's sports, and asking students and athletic boosters to front the cost of uniforms.
The public will the chance to speak on the recommendations Tuesday night at seven at Monmouth-Roseville High School.
For more information on the Monmouth-Roseville Deficit Reduction Committee, CLICK HERE.
(Dr. Tim Tibbetts, standing near the microphone, presents the Deficit Reduction Committee's recommendations Thursday night at Central Early Childhood Center in Monmouth. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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