Teachers furloughed, programs curtailed
By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer
MILLERSBURG – With a million-dollar deficit looming this year, members of the Millersburg Area School Board made the tough decision to pass sweeping cuts in programs in the coming year in order to help make the district financially solvent for the future.
At a special board meeting May 23, the board voted 8-1 for the cuts to programs and reducing the district professional workforce by 15 people.
“Decisions like this are never easy to make,” board president Mark Rothermel said in a statement at the start of the meeting. “These reductions are being done for the long-term viability of the district. To even hold off on these moves for one year could cause irreversible harm to the district and put Millersburg in financial distress.
Many of the moves suggested by the administration were passed by the board, establishing a full day kindergarten to save on transportation costs, setting all elementary grade levels at three sections, and altering the elementary music and physical education classes, middle school guidance and secondary life skills classes.
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