At least 22 people filled the seats in the Centralia High School Library the evening of January 8.
They had ringside seats for the public portion of the discussion determining the R-VI School District’s financial future.
The occasion was the monthly meeting of the Centralia R-VI School Board. Though no one said it aloud, the
reason for the crowd was probably listed on the evening’s agenda under “old business – potential budget cuts.”
During the public portion of their meeting the board agreed to approximately $250,000 in cuts out of $566,943.69 suggested by Ford.
In a memo to district staff, he listed four issues that made the budget issue challenging.
• A 20 percent health care increase, estimated at $177,000
•. Providing steps for teacher salaries – $115,000 estimated
• Increases in special education costs – $100,000 estimated
• Increases in transportation costs – $50,000 to $100,000 estimated with decreased state funding over the last few years.
These are the suggested cuts and the board’s action.
NEE – a computerized evaluation system $4,670 cut
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