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|Abingdon School Board Holds Budget Meeting Open to Public Wednesday Night
|Residents of the Abingdon School District are encouraged to share their thoughts on how District 217 can save money during a time when the district is anticipating the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding.
The Abingdon School Board earlier this month approved Superintendent Dr. Tami Roskamp's budget reduction plan, which slashed more than $571,000 from next fiscal year's budget because the district expects a $671,000 hit in lost state revenue, primarily in the form of general state aid. The cuts include eight certified teachers and 23 non-certified staff members, the Reading Recovery Program, restructuring sections in grades three through eight and several others.
Board member Roger Schrodt said at the last meeting that he wanted to gather suggestions from the community and teachers on other cost savings ideas during a town hall meeting. Roskamp tells WGIL that meeting will be held Wednesday night in the Hedding Grade School gymnasium.
"I envision this meeting to be where people could come to a table-top approach," Roskamp said. "They will come to a table and there will be a person who takes notes and reports back in, and we'll talk about...things that we do good, and things that we need to improve on, and then say 'hey, what are your cost saving ideas?' When they leave, they'll have a piece of paper with everything that we talked about. We really do want their input."
Roskamp says the district is also adding a link to its website where people can suggest ideas for saving money.
Roskamp told the school board two weeks ago that District 217 had not received more than $294,000 in state payments for transportation, special education, grants and general state aid as of March 8th. She says there's been no indication from the state that there will be any more payments.
Governor Pat Quinn proposed cutting $1.3 billion in education funding next fiscal year. He has suggested a 1 percent income tax increase that would provide money for schools to help fill the gap.
The board meeting starts at 7:00pm Wednesday.
|03 24 10 by Newsroom
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