Parents Concerned Over Potential Cuts

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- The Belvidere School District was growing so rapidly, they had to build a second high school. However, now that the economy has slowed down, leaders are considering taking some dramatic steps to get its budget in check. Some parents are furious on how these proposals were put on the table.

Parents are upset with the District 100 School board after they held a meeting the morning after Christmas, without letting anyone else know. One topic of discussion: fixing the $45 million budget.

Superintendent Michael Houselog says the meeting was decided upon the Friday before, there were several items on the budget that had to be taken care of before the new year, including talks about renewing his contract. Talks about deficit reduction options were also discussed in the meeting.

President of the PTO Holly Hauk says the board isn’t being upfront with the parents about what types of cuts might be made.

“I’ve been to all of them previously. I want to know what’s going on. This is my children. It’s…any tax payer, any parent in District 100 needs, they have a right to know these things, and there are concerned people out there that want to be at these meetings,” said Hauk.

Hauk says audio for the December 26th, meeting is on the district’s website and shows the school board discussed several options for budget cuts, including the closing of Kishwaukee Elementary School.
Superintendent Michael Houselog says they have not settled on any specific cuts and they’ll discuss the issue again at the end of January.

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