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Conversation roils on Barnum school deficit

Board tables staff cuts, sets date for community input


February 21, 2020

Students, parents and teachers talked to the Barnum school board at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 18 to express their concerns about proposed staff cuts following news that the district needs to make significant cuts or it will go into the red.

Kyle, a student, spoke first and listed two items that the students wanted the board to realize: that academic needs are met by the students’ relationships with the teachers, and that the students care deeply about each and every teacher.

A high school teacher asked if restructuring, such as a four-day week, had been considered as a way to mana...

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