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Citizens Voice Concerns at Millcreek School Board Meeting

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The clock is ticking for the Millcreek School Board.

They have to soon decide what to cut, to make up for a $9-million budget deficit.  Tonight, a large crowd gathered in the Millcreek Educational Building once again, to voice their concerns over possible cuts.

"Right now, as a concerned parent, I feel like the rug has been swept out from under me," said concerned parent Leigh Ann Gigliotti.  "I had security knowing that my children were attending schools they were going to attend, and now all of a sudden, that could change."

In order to make up for the deficit, the board is debating on closing Ridgefield and Vernondale Elementary schools.  A move that both students and parents say, would be devastating.

"I'm concerned that it seems like everything is going so fast," said Ridgefield PTA President Dawn Teresi.  "We didn't get in this budget deficit overnight, we're not going to get out of it overnight."

Meanwhile--outside of the meeting-- Scott Wheeler and members of the McDowell band played songs in protest, over possible cuts to the Millcreek art programs.

"I'm very grateful that I had the opportunity that Millcreek has given me to learn music," said Wheeler.  "And if they cut that, it's a big loss."

According to Millcreek School Board President Terry Scutella, the board is open to recommendations.

"We are taking everybody's ideas that we hear from," said Scutella.  "Whether it's e-mail, letters, telephone calls, we're looking at everything."

Meanwhile, the school board voted to change the job description of the business manager, so she will report to the board instead of the superintendent.  That's in light of an audit, that uncovered the deficit that the district is now facing.


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