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|Parents React to Monmouth-Roseville Financial Situation
|At least one parent who attended a meeting discussing the Monmouth-Roseville School District's finances Tuesday night says he has confidence in the district to do the right thing in order to reduce or eliminate a budget deficit.
Parents didn't make too many comments at the first of two meetings held Tuesday night on the subject at Roseville Junior High School. District Superintendent Paul Woehlke did allow for public comments at the meeting, but several had questions Woehlke said he couldn't answer there.
Woehlke is looking for ways to eliminate a six-figure budget deficit in light of the fact that state education spending is projected to be cut, and given that money given to the district as consolidation incentive dollars is running out.
Chris Fleming lives in rural Roseville, and has two kids in the district. Fleming tells WGIL he's concerned about the district acting before the state does anything for sure.
"My concern is that we may be, just a little bit, getting the horse in front of the cart, without knowing what the government's going to do with the taxes," Fleming said. "We let go of employees that are very good at a school district that's been very, very successful."
Fleming tells WGIL, though, he's a bit surprised to know that the financial situation is the way it is, even after Monmouth and Roseville schools consolidated several years ago.
"It's pretty disheartening to see that, after the consolidation, we are still in the hole," Fleming that. "The consolidation was supposed to help us sustain that."
Fleming says, though, he has confidence the school board will make the best decision; after all, he said, that's why the public elected them.
A decision on what to cut could come as soon as February.
(Parents and Monmouth-Roseville School District faculty members listen to a presentation on the district's finances Tuesday night at Monmouth-Roseville Junior High School in Roseville. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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