INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Franklin Township's School Board will vote next month on bigcuts to the budget.
Tuesday night, the school system proposed a plan to trim $4.7million from its "general expenditures".
The school district had sought property-tax relief during aspecial referendum vote last month, but the referendum was voteddown by residents. So now they have to bridge a $10 million budgetgap.
The proposal includes:
- Closing two elementary schools
- Reducing sports with low participation and trimming custodial expenses
- Establishing a school bus rider fee of "at least 375 dollars"
So, Franklin Township says if the plan is approved, it willreduce total spending by $5.8 million. "We need to be able toafford to keep teachers and administrators that are the heart andsoul of what this school system needs to be about. I just want youguys to keep that in mind when you make your vote," said parentMickey Sullivan
"I haven't seen anything about recommending -- just the peoplethat were listed here -- all the administrators taking such as aten percent cut," said Rebecca Moore a Township resident.
“I see a whole lot that could be cut. To preserve ourstudents, teachers, budgets -- because without the buses my childwould not get to school," said parent Susan Richardson.
The school system says it's forced to make these cuts because ofthe economy and the failure of that tax referendum.
The people who crowded the hearing room last night were told theproposal is "at best a two year solution."
Administrators expect to vote on this round, next month.
To read the entire proposal, click here.
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