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Public Speaks Out About Millcreek School District Deficit

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The Millcreek School Board Wednesday night heard from parents and teachers regarding the nearly nine million dollar deficit for the 2013-14 budget.

Hundreds packed the auditorium at Grandview Elementary School, to hear what decisions the board is considering to balance their budget.

As we've reported, the board is $8.8 million in the red, but have been able to cut that down to $4.7 million.

Wednesday it was confirmed that district is considering closing the doors of Vernondale and Ridgefield elementary schools, along with considering moving away from the current middle school curriculum and towards a junior high model. Also discussed was the possibility of raising $895, 686 in taxes.

Acting superintendent William Hall said a combination of closing schools, raising taxes and cutting faculty and staff must happen to balance this budget.

Parents of the two proposed schools that would be closed, spoke out at the meeting tonight, and were understandably concerned about their kids.

"Kids just won't be displaced at [Ridgefield], it's going have a ripple effect," said Nadine Clement, a parent of students at Ridgefield. "Boundaries will change, class sizes will increase, those are all concerns that we have."

"Some kids have problems with change, they have ADHD, autism spectrum," said Genene Mattern, a parent of a student at Vernondale. "Our special support program at Vernondale especially, I've heard parents all this week say how stellar it is and that their children are finally making progress."

Hall said that everything discussed during the meeting is only considered a proposal. The board now has less than three weeks before they must vote on any of the possibilities.

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