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Mason City, IA – Not everyone was safe from the Mason City Community School District budget cuts.
More than a dozen staff positions are now gone at the end of the school year.
After discussions of the school’s assistant coaches ended, it was time for a vote.
In the end, something had to go.
With declining enrollment, right now the school is working off of a zero percent allowable growth budget.
Which means without knowing what Iowa legislators will vote to allow per pupil, the school is planning for the worst case scenario.
The school is also budgeting without figuring in an “Instructional Support Levy”, that won’t be voted on until the fall.
Three teaching staff positions were cut, along with 16 professional development contracts.
Dr. Anita Micich says it’s incredibly difficult.
“We are barebones already and then have to look again because we have zero percent allowable growth. We’re looking at that in the face right now with the legislature and we need that allowable growth so desperately to be able to preserve some positions that area really important for kids on the ground, where the boots belong.,” said Micich.
Two things the school board members stressed to the community were to write their Iowa Legislators about the importance of educational funding, and for those in the community to vote “Yes” for a property tax increase come September.
In the end it was quite an emotional evening