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Pasco School Board seeks public input on budget

Facing a projected shortfall of $26 million, the Pasco School Board is looking for ways to slash spending and increase revenue.

It has already begun collecting ideas from staff members. Now it wants to hear from parents, students and other county residents.

Four of the five members have scheduled town hall meetings to gather input. They are:

6 p.m. May 21 - John Long Middle School Cafeteria (Joanne Hurley)

6 p.m. May 22 - Hudson High School Mini-theater (Steve Luikart)

6 p.m. May 23 - Trinity Oaks Elementary School Cafeteria (Cynthia Armstrong)

6 p.m. May 24 - Chasco Elementary School Cafeteria (Alison Crumbley)

Hundreds of people filled the rooms where the board held similar sessions a year ago, with a heavy emphasis on protecting athletics and the arts. Some board members have individually said they hope to keep those areas, which they consider draws that keep kids in school, off the chopping block. But they have stressed that nothing is yet off the table for consideration.

What do you think the School Board should do to keep its budget balanced?

[Last modified: Friday, May 11, 2012 9:24am]


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