CHARLES CITY, Iowa - A revised list of nearly $600,000 in cuts to the Charles City school district budget is now approved.
In February of this year, Superintendent Dan Cox presented a list of ways the district can save money, but has gone through many revisions since then.
Currently, the list include reducing insurance costs, cutting three coaching positions at the middle and high schools, and also sending some teachers into early retirement, while also hiring new teachers to replace some of those teachers at reduced pay. Four items originally on the list in February were not included in this revised list, including freezing administration salaries.
The districts says the cuts are needed because of declining enrollment and reduction in state aid.
Nora Johnson is a retired teacher, and says the state should contribute a bigger share to education because children are the future.
"They need to support us. We need...our students are important to us, they're our future generation, and I just think that they need to help," Johnson says.
In addition, Johnson says that cutting teachers is not a good idea when reducing the budget.
"Teachers put in a lot of hours...if sharing coaches with other communities would help, I think I'd go for that. I like the music programs...I hate to see any of that cut," Johnson adds.