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Meeting Participants Decry Effects of Proposed MCCSC Cuts

Parents and politicians alike were given a chance Wednesday to air their displeasure with an MCCSC proposal which would cut 75 jobs.

MCCSC Superintendent J.T. Coopman

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MCCSC Superintendent J.T. Coopman says budget cuts will leave teachers jobless and building maintenance below current levels.

Following a Tuesday meeting of the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s board, parents and politicians alike were given a chance Wednesday to again air their displeasure with a proposal which would cut 75 jobs and more than five million dollars from the corporation’s bottom line.   Warnings about long-lasting damage came from parents, MCCSC superintendent J.T. Coopman and from a panel of elected officials, including State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington)

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“We are looking at a decade if not a generation of sub standard education in the state,” Pierce said.  “Or at least education that is not going to get us to this highly educated work force that we need to succeed in our economy.”

“If things don’t happen in relationship to finding dollars to support programs and teachers and administrators, it’s not going to be a very pretty picture,” said MCCSC Superintendent J.T. Coopman.

Coopman said capital projects will go unfunded, maintenance will fall behind and personnel will be cut under the board’s current proposal – all bad news to parents like Peggy Schultz.

“It’s completely depressing, right? I mean the realities are just completely depressing,” she said.

The board brings the budget cuts to a final vote Friday night at Bloomington High School North.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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