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Taking a Stand: EVSC budget cuts

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By Vice-President/General Manager Debbie Bush

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - As Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels delivered his state of the state address, agencies everywhere are taking a hard look at their budgets to make up for tax collection shortfalls.

Last week, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation took bold action, announcing creative ways to slash $8 million without cutting teachers jobs or student programs.

Buildings will go up for sale, North High School won't become a middle school and the administrative staff will move into a warehouse.

Even Superintendent Vince Bertram is taking a voluntary pay cut.

These are bold moves and 14 News applauds the EVSC and the school board for living up to the voters mandate.

Tuesday, the strategic plan is still on track, and teachers and staff continue to put our children first, but administrators will have to closely watch to make sure class sizes don't get too big, and that a loss of support staff doesn't become too big of a burden.

In this era of difficult choices, our state legislature needs to make education its top priority.

If they don't, there won't be anywhere else to cut in our schools except teachers and student programs like band, choir, theatre and sports.

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