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Grafton schools broach idea of merging with another district PDF Print E-mail
Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:54

Board agrees to explore consolidation with neighbor to address budget woes

Cost-cutting searches in the face of a looming budget deficit have prompted Grafton school officials to consider consolidating their district with others in the area.

The Grafton School Board on Monday agreed to explore the feasibility of merging or sharing services with Cedarburg, Port Washington-Saukville and other districts.

Although the board took no formal action, members responded favorably to Supt. Mel Lightner’s proposal, which he said could be mutually beneficial.

“I know in other states they have countywide districts,” Lightner told the board.

“In five or six years, when you looking at tough budget times, you have to look at efficiencies, and that’s efficiency.”

In recent weeks, Grafton officials have sharpened their focus on cost cutting in response to a projected deficit of $850,000 in the 2014-15 budget.

Among the cost reductions being considered by the board are staff reductions and pared employee benefits. Lightner said trimming the deficit will probably require eliminating eight to 11 teaching positions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:00
 
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