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October 12, 2012

Candidates present visions at forum

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Friday, October 12, 2012 — Mitzie Almond (D 2)

First, I would like to think that we entrust our administration to come up with the budget and the different scenarios for the board to approve one of those.

I don’t really think there’s anybody on the school board that could come up with the budget to start with. And that’s why we hire, I hope, good administration that does come up with those numbers.

I’m not for taking any money out of classrooms, away from teachers. Things are going to be difficult, I understand, and when you get ready to make these changes, we need to inform the parents.

Just like closing a school, if you tell the parents why you’re doing it and what will happen if you don’t do it, they will receive that better than a 30 day “we’re thinking about closing this school” and 30 days later we make that decision.

We as parents need to know that way we can process it and understand it.

Lonnie Chandler (D 1)

Considering the budget, one of the things we have to do is maximizing protecting our teachers.

Keeping our teachers, attracting new teachers. If we have to make budget cuts, and we’re being told they are coming, we have to cut as far from the students as we can possibly cut.

And the bottom line is, don’t spend more than we have.

Krista Bowers (D 1)

I think when you’re looking at the budget, you’ve got to do just what we’ve all done.

When you graduate college, when you get married, the first thing you do is to make a plan.

You try to figure out where you are currently, where you want to be in five years, where you want to be in ten years. And you got to plan ahead.

We can look at numbers of population, look at what numbers we’re short with money coming in from the state and try to forecast that ahead, where we’re not hit blindsided with things.

I think, we want to not touch our children if we don’t have to go there first.

We need to look at other ways. I think we need to get a plan with our schools themselves.

Talk to your teachers, talk to your superintendent. Find out where they want their future to be.

I just want us to look at a budget, get a good budget plan and not live on a pay check to pay check decisions.

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