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Group Presents Counter Budget to MCCSC

Members of the Ad Hoc “Respect the Referendum” Committee say their plan is more in line with the original intent of the November ballot issue.

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A meeting is scheduled for tonight for more public input.

A group of concerned citizens will be presenting a counter proposal to a preliminary budget plan that was presented by the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Members of the Ad Hoc “Respect the Referendum” Committee say their plan is more in line with the original intent of the November ballot issue.

IU professor and committee member Benjamin Robinson says his group’s proposal is designed to meet the needs of all stake holders and to honor the district’s original agreements.

“The basic idea of the proposal,” he says, “is just to be very, very respectful and very easy. As opposed to very complex documents that the budgeting committee recommends.”

Sue Wanzer, a member of the school board, believes that there just simply is not enough resources to restore everything the way it was before the cuts took place.

“If we create the operating balance,” she says, “the cash reserves that have been suggested that we need to do, we don’t have enough money to restore everything the way it was in 2009.”

Wanzer says the board is still considering other options; whether that be bringing back only certain programs or bringing in interventionists to help in the classrooms. Wanzer also says they haven’t had a lot of time to get much public feedback. Adding they hope to hear much more.

The MCCSC School Board will be holding a work session this evening at 7pm in the Large Group Room at Bloomington High School South. The meeting is open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend.

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