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f,~ Wednesday March. 20, 2013 $1.00 SALUTE TO Music PAGE 1 0 i,,,,,ll,,,hi,N,l,,t,t,,,hlh,,td.t,,lq'."h,ii,ihdd,' ***************MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPaoers Inc 09/13/99 217 W COTA ST 2 SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 t 6 o IIItlltlJi!gJIIl!!l!l!l!llll. Volume No. 28 NUMBER 30 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition t, struggles For several years now the board has been tapping the district's budget reserves to curb drastic budget cuts Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WWG -- For the past several years the WWG school board has managed a healthy budget reserve in its annual bud- get. But Superintendent Loy has continually warned the board sooner or later it must face the pos- sibility of reductions in staff and or programs. About 20 district staff- ers were on hand ",. to listen to what the board would be consid- ering in possible personnel cuts. Superintendent Loy Woelber handed out a sheet of his reflections on the 2013-2014 school year. Presently the budget shows a loss of $624,000. Parceled out that includes final payment for new boilers $325,000; severance payments of $90,000; enrollment decline $134,000; and school bus purchase of $75,000. Several options were discussed including: savings of ($100,000) for two elementary teachers; reductions in ele- mentary P.E. net of ($12,500); custodial reduction of .5 FTE at ($10,000); less music time ($10-15,000); selling 50 per- cent of ELL time ($20,000). Secondary - one teacher retirement (net of $20,000); one less science budget With these proposals, Woelber rec- ommended the board target $125,000 in cuts, but he also cautioned they have no idea what the legislature will do for next year. "We have been told there will be an additional $25,000 in new money for ($30,000) absorb with current staff; less next year," said Woelber. However no music time ($10-15,000); share counsel- one knows what the impact of the new or with other district or teach one block; health care bill will have on schools. share industrial arts and reduce from .75 Also it is not known what the 2013-14 to .50; net reduction of 7-12 class of 1.5 aid formula will be. -2.0 FTE from 12-13. Woelber said, "unless we get more Also listed were horizon kids we are moving toward a one section expenditures: Technology school." - keeping up for the Board member Ginny Barron ques- students vs. keep- tioned whether it might be prudent to ing staff; bus consider increasing the local levy to but- (even years) fer some of the expense. (Currently the and van district has one of the lowest levies in the purchases southern part of the state.) She also (odd years); asked if the board should get more input annual roofing from the teachers and parents to give cost. remodel- some direction as to what is important. ing of bathrooms She said "we need to find out where in both buildings; we want to go -- what we are doing now new sound system in that our budget is up in the air as to what high school gym; we need to do. We have an obligation to ) year around build- figure this out so we have a clear direc- ings usage and tion as to where we are going." costs. Woelber said, "we could up our levy Open enrollment end this year to make it up, (budget deficit), of 11-12 school year: but it is hard to justify small classes in 26 students were elementary, and ask for more money. We open enrolled in,need to look at our priorities when it 86 were open cymes to what classes we can offer in the enrolled out. Students s.'condary." enrolled out, 52 to With the two retirements the district Tracy, 15 to RRC, 7 to is still $125,000 - $200,000 short. Wabasso, and 4 to Windom. There were questions about sharing Woelber explained that most of the stu- staff. Some of the staff felt it is not dents were enrolled out for convenience always the most efficient way to utilize reasons. Parents working in other towns teaching staff. You will almost always or students living closer to other schools lose teaching time due to travel, so the were the biggest factor, savings might not be worth losing the Other considerations were: class teaching time. sizes in elementary?; cutting electives After listening to the pros and cons of vs. scaling back all?; overloads for elec- various scenarios the board voted to tives?; extra curriculars and participation shoot for $70,000 in budget reductions. (wrestling and softball)?; FCCLA start back up? ($5,000) .................................................................................................................... ~ ..... ~ Woelber also listed several scenarios for sharing of the above listed areas. Budget ~ on page 3 in burglary Recently area farmer Gene McClellan and his son David apprehended a burglar at a farm place they own south of Dovray Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune DOVRAY -- Recently Gene McClellan had pur- chased a neighboring farm place for his son David to live on. The place was a part of the estate of Winnie Johnson. The home which the family was in the process of emptying had been broken into by thieves over the past few weeks. Two weekends ago McClellan and his son decided to spend the night in the home. Later that night the two had turned in for the night when they heard a car come into the place. They both arose and waited to see what would hap- pen. When one of the burglars entered the house they turned on the lights, and the burglar found himself fac- ing a shotgun. The McClellan's then called the Murray County Sheriff and Deputy John Wiggens came to take the suspect to jail. The other suspect got away on foot, but was picked up a couple days later. Both suspects were taken to the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center where they are being held for arraignment. are wel- come to participate: Kids all receive treats and prizes plus an opportunity tO get their picture taken with the Easter B~y. In case of rain or inclement weather the party will be held in the elementary school cafeteria. Thi riD Spring sports got underway with the WWG RRC Charger boys and girls track teams get- ting in some running last Friday when temperatures got into the low 40's. However mother nature decided it wasn't quite time for spring to begin. Sunday night Old Man Winter decided to hang around for at least another week. Temperatures dropped into the single digits with highs in the low 20's. On the bright side, the tem- peratures should be in the low 30's starting after Thursday, but it seems unlikely we will have an early spring. INDEX com,,,cTUS: ON RECORD PAGE 2 PUBLIC NOTICES PAGE 8 IN SIDE PAGE 3 SALUTE TO Muslc PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 AREA FOCUS PAGE 10 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA FOCUS PAGE 12 EDUCATION PAGE 7 INFORMATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING AT CIRCuLATiON 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 UVERNE Please read and recycle PAGE 7 Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune