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|Would United Play Along with Monmouth-Roseville?
|Some recommendations the Monmouth-Roseville School District's Budget Deficit Reduction Committee made could hinge on one thing: the United School District.
Among the immediate recommendations the committee made in order to help District-238's finances which are currently suffering from a $500,000 deficit and could triple if state spending cuts are realized, were to investigate consolidation with United to essentially form a Warren County-wide high school, and to seek a one-percent sales tax increase for education, that United and Monmouth-Roseville would both get proceeds from.
But District-238 superintendent Paul Woehlke says he's talked with United Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt about the matter, and nothing's certain yet.
"He is open -- at least he, the superintendent, is open to listening to anything we might wish to discuss with them," Woehlke said. "He, of course, is not speaking for the United Board."
But board member Brad Larson doesn't seem to think that will work too well.
"Everywhere that I've went, and anybody that I have talked to from the United Board, it has been very much a negative toward Monmouth-Roseville," Larson said. "From what I've had presented to me, it's been 'no.'"
At least two board members said during a public forum Tuesday night they favored looking into consolidation, while another said a county-wide school was ideal.
No decisions have been made according to members, something at least one parent accused the board of having done.
A final list of recommended budget cuts is expected to come Friday, with a board vote next Tuesday.
(A crowd filled the Monmouth-Roseville High School Auditorium Tuesday night for a public forum on proposed budget cuts. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|03 03 10 by Newsroom
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