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Acting Superintendent Gives Recommendation On Balancing Budget In Millcreek

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Buying time. That's the option acting superintendent William Hall has recommended to the board as way to balance the nearly nine million dollar budget deficit.

He and other district officials say it's best to take the time needed to make the right decision.

"We realize there's still more things to research and we could really benefit from the additional time," said Hall. "It's not the best option, but we think it makes the most sense right now."

"The best possible option could possibly come out with more study and more time dedicated to that study," said Daniel Kerr, Transportation & Child Accountability Supervisor.

But that option of buying time is not sitting well with all board members. In this option, eight of the nine instructional support advisors, or ISAs, would be cut.

Some are concerned that a cut to these teachers, who help students deal with traumatic events, and provide extra counseling, would not be benefiting the district.

"Once you get rid of a position, will it be put back in the following year? That's a concern we have because we don't want to lose those people, we don't want to have those kids slip because education is all about keeping kids in school," said board member Judy Wheaton. 

"Not having those positions is extremely complicated, and I'm conflicted about what decision should be made, but the ISAs provide an incredible value to our schools," said board member Dr. Rebecca Mancini.    

The board must decide what option is going to best for the district's future in this coming week. They will vote to pass the preliminary budget on May 28.


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