Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Help guide Spokane Public Schools' budget axe

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Spokane Public Schools has put a lot of possibilities on the cutting board to make up for its possible $12 million budget deficit: raising class sizes by up to three students, firing hundreds of teachers, eliminating the counseling program entirely.

But now, the district is looking for your help to determine where exactly the axe should fall.

Budget forums will be held on May 23 at 7 pm at Chase Middle School, and on May 24 at 7 pm at Glover Middle School.

In the past, community input has convinced the district to retain specific programs. It saved golf and gymnastics programs, it saved middle school sports, it kept the mentor-teacher program (against a recommendation that it be eliminated), and it prevented some cuts to libraries. Several years later, those programs remain.

Of course, this year there are fewer options for creative frugality. But you might as well show up and try to save your favorite program — and suggest what position or program should be sacrificed instead.

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A lifelong Spokane native, staff writer Daniel Walters is the Inlander's City Hall reporter. But he also reports on a wide swath of other topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.He's reported on deep flaws in the Washington...