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Deja Vu For the Millcreek Township School District

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Millions of dollars over budget and cuts looming in the future. It's feeling a little like deja vu for the Millcreek Township School District, as once again, board members are dealing with some serious budget concerns.

"We have to remember, this is not final," said John DiPlacido, vice president of the school board. "It is in fact preliminary and we will be working hard over the next couple of month, until June, to get it down." 

The district right now is $4.5 million over its $90.9 million budget. A lot of the reason they're over budget is because of state-mandated issues, like retirement and health care costs.

The preliminary budget is accounting for a tax increase, but clearly cuts are going to have to be made. The question is, where?

"One thing I think we need to keep an eye on is that we don't take any services away from the students," said DiPlacido. "That's our bottom line. We can work around other stuff, but when we start looking at that, I'm out." 

"I think until we get a handle on this, we shouldn't be hiring anybody," said Mike Kobylka, board member. "We should have a hiring freeze." 

At this point, both DiPlacido and Kobylka said closing more buildings is not on the table, and they're optimistic of the Brown House and Vernondale Elementary being up for bid.

However, they said they still need your help.

"We're not going to be able to keep everything," said Kobylka. "Obviously everybody would like to keep everything, but if you can come and let us know what your thoughts are as tax payers, it would help our decision."

The next chance to do so is Monday, January 27, at the board's monthly meeting. Also, at the next Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, February 10.

 

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