After months of discussions, the Millcreek Township School District has passed its final budget for the 2013-14 school year.
As we've been reporting, buildings are set to close and faculty and students will be shifted to make for the nearly nine million dollar deficit.
Parents at the meeting gave one last pitch to save the schools, but the board voted 7 to 2 to pass the budget, ultimately closing the schools.
Now the budget came in at just over $90 million, that's five million more than originally
anticipated. That's to account for the tax anticipation loan.
The district detailed that budget, showing some of the cost-cutting measures. Included are: $2 million saved from closing Ridgefield and Vernondale, another $2 million from restructuring the bond, nearly $1.5 million in curriculum cuts and nearly $900,000 by raising taxes.
The board also approved the redistricting plans, and Superintendent Bill Hall stated there will be no school chose.
Hall also said he will be sending information to parents about setting up tours of the new buildings their kids will be going to this coming school year. He said the budget had to be passed before that.
"We needed to get the approval of the boundary changes tonight before we could move forward to that. But we're continuing with out plan and we feel comfortable we're going to be able to open school and the transition will be hopefully fairly seamless."
The board also voted for a pay freeze for Hall for the next five years. According to him, that vote was a "no-brainer."