Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

School district looks to cut spending by $3.5 Million in 2019-20

School district looks to cut spending by $3.5 Million in 2019-20

The PTO was formed "to ensure the rights of all our students".

The polls in the Jamestown School district will be open from noon to 9 p.m. State and federal aid make up the bulk of the rest of the funding.

Because the report shows a disproportionate number of students of color identified for special education services, the Iowa Department of Education has told the district to work with an adviser.

Superintendent Ray Schulte said no one should lose sight of the fact they're still cuts. These written plans guide a student's education according to individual needs.

On another topic, parent Karrie Heaton addressed concerns about options for closing a school.

An East St. Louis Senior High School security guard (left) tries to hold one of the students involved in a fight in the stands at he Southwestern Conference Boys Track and Field Championship that was held at East St. Louis Senior High School on Tuesday May 8, 2018.

Charlotte Shepherd, teacher at Smart Intermediate, also talked about school-closing options. "While I will fight against the closing of any building, I do feel the need to acknowledge the fact that Smart was the original school proposed for closure".

Under the proposed budget, district officials estimate school taxes would increase $16 more per $100,000 of assessed property value in the City of Watervliet, and $24 more per $100,000 of assessed property value in Mannsville. The school board wants the money for its share of teacher salaries and benefits, support for "in house" custodians, more teacher extracurricular pay support and other expansion requests.

Education finance experts agreed that a major factor in the growing number of budget approvals has been the state's imposition of tax-cap restrictions, which took effect during the 2012-13 school year.

"We were very impressed with the high quality of the initial candidates we interviewed this week, making this a hard decision", Board Chairman Dr. James Smith said.

Even those who planned to go to Creed in the future felt the effects.

"The schools are safe, but let's just make sure that by having a sheriff's deputy here, they are that much safer", Cooper said.

"We are listening. Your passion is laudable".

District spokeswoman Rachel Strauch-Nelson said the policy change is part of a routine update of policies and is meant to "codify the board's current ways of working".

In addition, the Board will vote whether to allow District staff approve overnight trips for athletic playoff games, and will decide when to have its second meeting this month, since the fourth Monday is Memorial Day.

A full 100 percent of districts' spending plans in Nassau and Suffolk counties - 124 budgets in all - passed in the initial round of balloting at this time a year ago, meaning that no revotes were needed in June.

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