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Central School District looking for public input on spending cuts

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CAMP POINT, Ill. (WGEM) -

Officials at Central School District in Camp Point say their state funding is being cut by hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.

Now they want help from parents to find a solution to cut costs.

"Band programs, chorus programs, drama, special ed. Those are cuts I don't think are important. I mean we have a lot of kids that are in those programs that suffer because they get cut every year," said Anna Schaller.  

Parents like Schaller say she would hate to see extracurricular activities get the axe when budget cuts need to be made.

"It's the only opportunity they have to do anything. They can't afford to do private lessons," said Schaller. 

But Superintendent Martin Cook said the state is slashing its budget and something has to go.

"We're losing $300,000 a year in state funding. If we just sit idly by and just hope things get better it's not going to get better," said Cook.

In 2009, the state gave the district $4 million, but in 2013 they only received about $3 million. The district relies on the state for a little more than half its operating costs so that's why Cook said every option needs to be on the table.

"We're looking at all programs. Everything we do. Our transportation, our food services, our maintenance supplies, our teacher supplies. You just have to look at all these things," said Cook.

Cook said he only expects the situation to get worse in the future.

"Next year is going to be even harder because now you are getting into so that is really when you start looking at a harder evaluation of programs, staffing, and people," said Cook.

Cook says with 80 percent of the budget going to salaries, the district will take a close look at positions. He says at least two employees are set to retire and will help to reduce costs.

To read more about the budget cuts and click here to visit the school district's website.

Parents who wish to give input on budget cuts should email the district at cookm@cusd3.com or budget@cusd3.com.

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