"We all need to get on the same page," said David Braley. "We must figure out a way to provide a good education while being fiscally responsible."
"All we ask is that you listen and work with us," said Richard Stewart to the JCS board.
Many rows of seating were filled with JCS students, who attended the meeting in support of the education that they feel they receive.
"We will lose opportunities through funding cuts," said senior Kelsey Williford.
Junior Ben Richards made the point that many schools of similar size have cut their budgets to an "affordable" amount. "Students from all over this region pay to come to JCS because of what we offer," he said.
Community members turned out to also support the board in their budget efforts.
"The board has done an admirable job," said John Slayback. "And all they have got in return is criticism."
Members of the board thanked the community for their concern and their input.
"We thank the people who showed, up for or against, and we want them to know that we are going to take their comments into consideration," said board member Mark Richards.