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Centralia High School Superintendent Looking At Cuts

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia High School Superintendent Chuck Lane says he will outline $300,000 in spending cuts to the school board next month.  

Lane told the board Thursday night they need to take the action to survive if the state legislature doesn't act to restore some funding to schools.  Lane reports state funding remains in question as the legislature has not addressed pension reform or gambling expansion that could provide more money to schools.  He blames the district's money woes entirely on the state, noting they would not be looking at a deficit budget if they were still receiving the same amount of money as three years ago.

Lane says the cuts would not involve personnel or programs.  However, he declined to be more specific until having an opportunity to review the proposal with the staff.  

In other action, Principal Reid Shipley told the board the Alumni Association is continuing to work to raise funds to offer more and bigger scholarships.  He says a sports raffle that is currently underway will have all proceeds go to scholarships.  

The board approved the low bid from Rooter's Asphalt of Beckemeyer to patch and seal the parking lots at a cost of $73,690.   The board also approved an addition to the base bid of $56,000 if Rooter's has to cut out and replace a section of the parking lot on the northwest side if patching doesn't correct the problem.  The project will be paid for through health, life, safety funds.   

Board member D.K. Klein wants the district to study what needs to be done to earn the school national academic honors similar to the attention created by the USA Today  Most Unique Mascot contest.  

The board set a special meeting for Monday, May 6th, at four pm to canvas the school board election results and elect new officers.  

High school graduation is set for two Sunday afternoon, May 19th.  Doors will open at one.  

The board acted on several personnel issues.  The board accepted the resignation from Neil Miller as an annex extraordinary aide effective April 19th.  Nikki Holland has resigned as color guard sponsor and Sarah Gordon as dance team coach at the end of the school year.  The board hired Tiffany Looman as a part-time cafeteria employee effective April 16th.     

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