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Pasco school budget town hall meetings get rocky start

What a difference a year makes.

Last spring, hundreds of Pasco residents jammed into school cafeterias to talk passionately about the school district's budget and where School Board members should and shouldn't cut.

On Monday, just 35 people — more than half of them school district staffers — came to John Long Middle School for the first of five budget town hall meetings. Several of them came with complaints, not suggestions.

"You're not doing anything except begging the population to fix your problem," Seven Oaks resident Bill Helms told board chairwoman Joanne Hurley. "You've got way more money than you need to do a good job."

See the full story here. See the district's Power Point presentation attached below. If you're interested in attending another of the town hall meetings, there are still four more this week. They are:

  • 6 p.m. today, Hudson High School
  • 6 p.m. Wednesday, Trinity Oaks Elementary School
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, Centennial Middle School and Chasco Elementary School

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 11:30am]


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