District likely to return to voters for funds

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 11:22 AM.

The case can be made, several board members noted, based on the impacts of not having additional operating funding and seeing a $1.8 million shortfall.

That, Worley said, would be a minimum of 40-50 jobs lost.

“A districts, high-performing district, there is a cost,” Quinn said. “This is a need. This is about jobs again.”

Sports and other extracurricular activities would see significant cuts. The district would also face the viable possibility that it would unable to meet constitutionally-mandated class-size ratios under that scenario.

“We’ve got to preserve our schools,” Norton said. “If we lose our revenue stream we will lose our viability.”

Wood said that another critical aspect to the equation is holding the line in some areas as the board promised four years ago when going to voters. The board and superintendent pledged a portion of their salaries to the district – and at least two board members continue to do so – and promised to keep LCI millage down below a half mil.

“I think similar promises need to be made,” Wood said. “We wouldn’t be asking this if we didn’t need it for the children.”

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