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School finances looking better after levy passage

November 8, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland voters approved the 5.9 mill addition emergency levy on Tuesday, that will ensure the continuation of programs and services to Poland students. While it solves the immediate problem, Superintendent Don Dailey said the district still needs to be frugal with spending.

"The passage of this levy was not a windfall of money," he said. "Continuing debt-tightening and being good stewards of the taxpayers' money are foremost on our minds."

He said the levy should take the district out four, and possibly, five years. The actual length it stretches will be affected by any further state cuts, but for the immediate future, the levy will keep the district from deeper cuts that would have been required without it. In fact, Dailey said the board will be looking at programs and services to determine if anything can be reinstated.

Among some of the items that will be considered for reinstatement are high school busing, elementary art and music, senior citizen discounts on activities and the elimination of pay to play.

"They will all be on the table for consideration to reinstate," Dailey said.

He added that full-day kindergarten will continue and there will not be any further cuts in transportation.

While reinstated programs will be considered by the board, a watchful eye is still on the state and whether further cuts in school funding are coming in the governor's new budget.

"It is difficult to forecast out five years," Dailey said. "In the past five years the state has cut $5.5 million from Poland School District."

He said there are rumors of more cuts and he urges the voters to contact their legislators about school funding.

In the meantime, he said the levy will help keep Poland on track to providing an excellent education to its student population.

"The voters have put our children first," he said. "They are aware that by keeping our schools strong, we keep our community strong."

 
 

 

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