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Parents unhappy with North Warren School board

After explaining that she will be in the elementary office from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. daily, then shift to the high school office from 11:30 to 2:46 p.m., she asked for the parents' support in her new dual position.

"I'll give my job 100 percent," she said. "You all know I don't have a life other than my job."

Parents chuckled at the answer, but turned their anger towards the board.

The school board had not only failed to notify the public of such drastic changes, but they failed to send a letter out to the public, as board members promised in December, to notify all district residents of Monday's public meeting, they said.

Board President Marion Eagan said no promise was made, evoking objections in the audience. Eagan added that citizens could read the meeting minutes if they want to stay informed of pending changes.

PTSA President Carrie Mundrick asked why proposals for changes weren't communicated to the public through the citizen-based District Shared Decision-Making teams. Murphy said the teams needed revival, and Eagan said it was the responsibility to nominate members. Mundrick said that over the last two years as a PTSA official, she had received no contact from the school board asking for such nominations.

A citizen serving on one of the shared decision-making teams said issues as weighty as reorganization plans weren't under the jurisdiction of the citizen panels, and weren't discussed.

Superintendent of Schools Joe Murphy said that state aid was likely to be cut by $211,476, and eliminating the principal post was a measure to save taxpayers' money.

He said that administrative chores of Bulmer's would be spread among other school officials, and they'd simply be working with more efficient use of their time.

Murphy said enrollment was declining at North Warren, and he said people moving out of the area, plus home schooling, were both likely factors.

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