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Centralia R-VI Board continues cuts talk

Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 3:36 pm

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

After Christmas break, school is back in session and so are school board meetings.

After Christmas break, school is back in session and so are school board meetings.

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

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

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