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|Paynesville Press - October 10, 2001|
School Board Election 2001 (Part II)
Nine candidates are vying for four open spots on the school board. Throughout the month of October, the candidates and their positions on some key educational issues will be featured in the Press. The election is on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from noon to 8 p.m. in the west lobby at Paynesville Area Elementary School.|
(2) Our board should look ahead at our priorities and make changes according to our declining enrollment.
(2) Declining enrollment is directly proportional to income coming in, so everything has to be reduced accordingly. The same way everything was increased to accommodate the large classes of a few years ago.
(2) Being there is nothing we can do about declining enrollment, there should be a process developed to help keep the budget in line with its effects annually.
(2) Offer a variety of classes and activities to keep the children and families interested. Some advance classes would be a plus.
(2) I believe our enrollment cycles. The graduating class of 119 is large for our district. The first and second grades are smaller for our district. We need to only count on an average class size enrollment and spend accordingly. We also need to take measures to keep children that reside in our school district attending our school.
(2) Declining enrollment results in reduced state funding, at a rate of about $5,000 per student per year. The board needs to encourage enrollment of all school-age children in the district, and we must encourage all high school students to stay in school through graduation.
(2) First of all, find the causes for the declining enrollment. We need to make our school more attractive for our students by offering them more learning opportunities such as electives, advanced placement courses, arts, music, etc. The board needs to listen to what our students and parents are asking for and try their best to accommodate these needs.
(2) I believe we will have to put in place a plan of controlled areas of reductions, along with a plan to review those areas in which we can increase revenue, such as extracurricular and after-school activities.
(2) The options are few; spending must be reduced through careful prioritizing. When additional students were coming to our district, we needed to add staff; with declining enrollment, the opposite is necessary.
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