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Public invited to weigh in on school budget
by Tribune Staff
Mar 22, 2012 | 847 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County School District will hold several town hall meetings throughout the district, beginning March 29, to gather input, suggestions and take questions about next year’s budget.

“It’s a very open forum and everyone is welcome to come to any or all of them,” said district spokeswoman Victoria Campbell.

Superintendent Health Morrison or Deputy Superintendent Jane Woodburn will attend each town hall, provide a short presentation on the budget and follow that with a question-and-answer session.

Attendees will be able to pass around a microphone and speak about their concerns, give suggestions and ask questions. Morrison or Woodburn will be on hand to directly answer and discuss the issues, Campbell said.

Morrison released his recommendations about the fiscal year 2012-2013 school budget March 12, focusing on budget reductions in light of a projected $40 million shortfall. Shortly following his preliminary suggestions, Gov. Brian Sandoval made a public statement that the state would not cut education in his upcoming budget proposal and would extend sunsetting taxes to balance the books.

This announcement could positively impact the Washoe County district’s budget, Campbell said.

Each town hall meeting will take place in the school cafeteria. Spanish interpretation will be provided at all meetings. The town hall meetings schedule is as follows:

• 6:30 p.m. March 29, North Valleys High School

• 10:30 a.m. March 31, Wooster High School

• 10:30 a.m. March 31, Sparks High School

• 6:30 p.m. April 18, Galena High School

• 6:30 p.m. Reno High School

• 6:30 p.m. April 25, Spanish Springs High School
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