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The school board will be forced to slash up to $12 million more from the district's budget over the next five years without voter approval.
The fate of the district's 2-mil, five-year permanent improvement renewal levy and its 10-year, 4.98-mill new emergency operating levy on the May ballot will chart the course.
The board already axed about $2.6 million by cutting teaching jobs and other positions. The next round could include slashes to athletics, foreign language programs and full-day kindergarten classes.
One resident said the board and district superintendent Jim Gunner had not been straight with residents, a suggestion both Gunner and school board president Matt Kosior refuted.
“If you come up with a better plan or a chapter plan, let’s see it. Don’t accuse anyone up here of doing anything underhanded. That is not the case.”
The board shares many of the same frustrations residents do, Gunner said, but has kept its focus on the No. 1 priority.
“We are going to make the decisions that are right for the kids, and sometimes those are controversial,” Gunner said.