Town hall meetings will discuss school budget cuts

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By The Staff

Superintendent of Schools Jim Yancey will present possibilities for next year’s district budget cuts – estimated at $25- to $33 million for operations alone – at a series of town hall meetings.

This series of meetings gives parents, employees, and community members the opportunity to offer suggestions on budget-cutting ideas and which school and student programs they consider most important. Meetings take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 17 at Belleview Middle. Feb. 19 at Dunnellon Middle, Feb. 23 at West Port High. Feb. 26 at Horizon Academy.

The public may attend any of the meetings, and the same format and information will be presented at each location. Residents will have opportunity to offer savings ideas in writing and via email at Budget@marion.k12.fl.us. Yancey and school board members will consider these suggestions to determine the 2009-10 Budget.

Participants will also receive information to contact their state legislators concerning budget cuts to public education in Marion County and throughout Florida.