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MCCSC Voting Tonight on Ref. Money

The Monroe County Community School Board could vote this evening on how to spend money raised by the corporation’s successful funding referendum.

A Monday meeting drew principals, teachers, and even students to discuss the MCCSC budget, especially as it relates to class sizes and curriculum.

Several board members, including Kelly Smith and Jeannine Butler, praised the way both sides have handled negotiations between the board and a group of citizens concerned about the way the additional $7-8 million a year will be spent.

Several citizens also raised concerns about foreign language classes. Some said they think it should be a requirement in the core group of classes and available to all students. Others advocated more language classes offered as early as middle school. A number of students voiced concerns about class sizes, saying they work and learn better in a smaller class environment.

Board member Sue Wanzer says she was encouraged to see students there and believes the board would have considered more student testimony.

“I think we probably should have done a better job as a board to reach out to students and ask students what they thought. That might be the one place where maybe we were lacking. So yeah I am real encouraged to see students come out.”

The board plans to meet this evening to vote on how the money will be spent.

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