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Letter: Better ways to cut G-K school budget

Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing in regard to the recent cuts made by our Genoa-Kingston District 424 school board and administrators this past week.

I feel there was inadequate notice given regarding the decisions that were ultimately made. There was a small legal notice, notifying the public about a reduction in staff without any specifics related to cutting out classes or freshman sports. There continues to be questions regarding the impact of these decisions, as well as what exactly has been eliminated and if this is permanent or not.

I am thoroughly disappointed to hear of the music program reportedly being cut out of the curriculum from eighth-grade down through kindergarten. I really believe that band and chorus are necessities for our children. Music is a constant in our everyday life. The ability to read, play or sing music helps one to understand the importance of music in our lives. Cutting five music professionals from our staff is a great loss, as they are best prepared to teach our children about music appreciation.

I am not really sure I understand the rationale for cutting freshman sports, rather than one sport over another. Freshman sports are extremely important as far as future team building for our G-K Cogs, not to mention our student’s self esteem.

Basically, that is the bottom line. We have a lot of questions, and we should have been given the chance to know what was on the cutting board prior to these cuts being made.

I firmly believe that there are other cuts that can be made, rather than continually taking from our children. If the school board does what’s best for our children, they’ll start to look at administrative cuts that can be made. Please G-K parents and voters, go to the polls and vote for some representatives that can best make changes to help ensure our children get a good, well-rounded education. Or run for the board in the future as positions open up.

Terri Chriss

Genoa

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