Students, parents voice concerns over budget cuts

Board member Beth Callahan echoed the point.

"Many people in this room would walk up to the table now and hand over $42 or more to keep our programs in place," she said, suggesting that the community form a booster club, or parents pay a minimal participation fees to help offset the costs of sports offered by the school.

School board president John MicGlire suggested that teachers voluntarily take a freeze in pay. Presently, they are scheduled for a 1.87 percent increase which reflects their basic annual longevity increase only. He said such a wage concession could make a "huge" difference in the budget.

"Everybody could take a little pain rather than a few taking a lot of pain," he said. "I'd like the teachers to help themselves by taking a pay freeze."

Teachers union president Mark Mularz refused to comment on the idea of teachers forgoing pay increases.

"I can't discuss anything dealing with negotiations," he said.

The next meeting to discuss the budget is set for 7 p.m. Monday March 21.

Adoption of the budget is slated for April 11, and the public is to vote on it May 17.

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