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Indian River School District Eyes More Budget Cuts

01/24/2006

SELBYVILLE- More budget cuts could be looming in the Indian River School District.

School district officials say they are reevaluating programs to see where they can save money.

Just last month, cuts were made to the district's Junior ROTC program in order to save $33,000.

Now officials say they are looking for other ways to save money.

Music, dance and drama are just a few of the core courses that make the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDDA) unique. But talks of possible budget cuts here- and throughout the Indian River School District- have some parents concerned.

"I was horrified," said Candace Thune, co-president of the SDDA's PTO. "We can't cut this school's funding."

Thune said funding has helped the school become recognized for superior ratings of excellence for the past two years.

"Our test scores alone show that we have got wonderful, wonderful students, and integrating the arts with our academics is our main concern because we know that the children benefit from that," she said.

School district officials agree but they are looking for ways to conserve.

"We are scrutinizing each program very carefully," said Indian River Assistant Superintendent Earl Savage. "We are certainly not looking at abolishing the program. If we can save a few dollars along the way, that's what we're interested in doing."

Savage said that right now, district officials are simply reviewing school programs but they have not nailed down the exact areas where the cuts will be made.  And that is what has many parents concerned about the clarity of educational programs for their children.

On Tuesday night parents and students plan to speak out about the benefits of the school programs. The school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the new Indian River High School.

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