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|Verbal Sparring Over Monmouth-Roseville Budget
|An amended budget is in place in the Monmouth-Roseville School District, but it's not the amended budget that the district's superintendent wanted.
The District 238 Board Tuesday night approved an amended budget, but without two additions Superintendent Paul Woehlke wanted: the spending of $25,000 in a new computer based study aide for the district's students that administrations adamantly supported, and $14,000 the district is forced to pay under state law in tuition for a student being taught out of district.
Those two changes left board member Lynn Shimmin accusing Woehlke of acting illegally, since the changes were last minute and weren't on display for 30 days. That in turn left board secretary Brad Larson exasperated.
Larson: "You're making a pretty bold statement about our superintendent tonight, so you're okay making that statement tonight, that we're trying to do something that is against the law and that you know that."
Shimmin: "That it needs to be on display for 30 days."
Larson: "You know that, the format that we have adopted, that we're going through right now, you know that, that this is against the law, because you've said it twice."
Shimmin: " I guess that I don't know that its,... sorry."
Larson: "Thank you."
It turned out that state law on the matter was gray, and the district's attorney advised the board to do whatever they were comfortable with.
That essentially meant approving a budget without the two changes, agreeing to simply let the district's auditors be mad with them for adding Woehlke's proposed spending changes on later in time.
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