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Tough budget choices ahead for school board

May 21, 2013

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall School Board continued discussing preliminary 2013-2014 budget issues on Tuesday....

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May-23-13 11:04 AM

Perhaps the Board member at SMSU should have abstained. Will have to check the minutes. Would have been the right thing/ethical thing to do. Perhaps the board member on the alumni board/booster club at smsu should have also abstained.

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May-22-13 7:07 PM

As for Ms. Thomsen's request, I'm sorry that the school didn't approve. It wouldn't cost the district anything, would it? With any leave of absence, she would be guaranteed a position in the district, though not necessarily her original assignment. And cutting Title I is a bad decision. More students will get left behind. And don't schools receive funding for Title programs?

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May-22-13 7:02 PM

SomeSense -- now why didn't I think of that connection between the board and the university? Seems shady to me. On a positive note, I think it's good that the two schools collaborate. I just hope their deals are ethical.

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May-22-13 3:52 AM

Realworld, the $150,000 the high school gave to the refurbishing of the old Mattke field probably has something to do with a certain school board member being a big shot at the college.

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May-22-13 12:10 AM

This is very odd. The DFL just said this was the education session and made it sound like there would be more than enough money for schools. What is going on?!

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May-21-13 9:04 PM

So sorry for Ms Thomsen. Once again the district treats good teachers badly. Interesting Mr Willert did set precedent with the previous teacher and now the district can defend the grievance and go further in the hole. I hope she wins!

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May-21-13 5:57 PM

A couple months ago the High School committed about $150,000 to renovate the track at the college. Didn't they know about this shortfall at that time and if so why did they commit these dollars to this project? Would appear to me that it would have been better to reduce the overall projected deficit with this money versus spending more on sports venues. Why didn't the administration or the school board do so?

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May-21-13 1:59 PM

Unrelated issues & funding. School just needs to rebudget future expenses to match expected revenue - normal budgeting process.

Or, perhpas your way of thinking is correct. You ate lunch today, I haven't and am hungry - therefore, I can conclude you ate my lunch.

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May-21-13 10:42 AM

Fascinating. Marshall has plenty of money for a new “Sports Center”, but not enough to adequately fund education or fix the holes in the streets.

Who would’ve imagined this?

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