3/20/2017 7:56:47 PM
Standing room only at March 20 School Board Meeting

BROKEN BOW—The high school library was packed with anxious community members, parents, and students who attended the School Board meeting on Monday, March 20. The meeting was preceded by the March 17 Strategic Planning meeting where potential large budget cuts were discussed. The levy request proposal is $10.5 million for 2017-2018. The Board plans to add a $400,000 supplement from savings to create a budget target of $10.9 million even though the actual projected cost to run the school in 2017-2018 is $11.4 million.

After approval of previous meeting minutes and the claims report, the Board moved to open up the meeting to public comment.

Dianne Karges first took the podium and shared her experience as a middle/high school teacher in Broken Bow and as a parent who moved to the district for the programs it offers. She encouraged the Board to consider the long-term implications of budget cuts and how they could downgrade the quality of Broken Bow schools and possibly affect the community in a negative way. Karges spoke highly of the music and art programs and asked the Board to use its power to benefit all patrons in the community, including those who cannot speak for themselves.

Broken Bow High School 2016 graduate Charmayne Popp spoke to the opportunities the Board has the power to create and take away with budget cuts. “Every child should be able to find their own voice,” Popp said when recalling her own experience as an athlete, fine arts student, and honor student who was involved in many activities, which she said helped her to be more outgoing and earn a well-rounded education. Popp asked the Board to take into account care and passion in what they believe in and find a balance.

High school senior Abigail Olsen’s family lives in the Sargent district but Olsen said she attends Broken Bow because of the extracurricular activities. Abigail will play golf at Hastings College next year and major in art education. She asked the Board to challenge all activities when it comes to budget cuts, not just the fine arts.

Matt Eggelston, community leader and parent, reiterated that the Board should cut evenly and look into all opportunities within the school system.

All administrators gave brief reports and the motion to adopt the new American History text book was approved, as was the contract renewal for the CAPABLE program.

No specific figures were discussed regarding the budget and no decisions were made on this issue. The Board will host a Work meeting on Wednesday, April 5 to debate in more detail and a regular School Board meeting on April 12. Both meetings will take place at 7:30pm.

Tune in Tuesday morning at 9:05 to hear Superintendent Tom Bailey on the Get Up and Go Breakfast Show


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