Details on possible Dover Area School District budget cuts should become clearer at the March 18 board meeting.
The school board at Monday's meeting requested business manager Belinda Wallen offer a more in-depth look at what may need to be cut should the school district continue to face its current $3.9 million deficit.
The district has mentioned several cost-saving options including implementing a complete wage freeze to save $544,552 and eliminating full-day kindergarten to save $400,000. Other options are reducing activities, consolidating the music department, restructuring high school programs, the library staff and transportation.
But nothing is officially on the chopping block, said board president Bryan Rehm, something he said he's been asked often while out in the community.
"There is no top, there is no bottom," of the list of cuts, Rehm said.
The board is hoping community members write letters to lawmakers urging more state funding to help Dover and similar districts avoid having to make cuts. A form letter will be available on the district website to help people the basic facts of the situation.
The Monday, March 18 budget and finance meeting is at 5 p.m. at the administration building, followed by the 7 p.m. regular meeting.
In other news, Dover now has an official Twitter account, with the username @DoverSD.
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