Standing room only for public meeting on proposed Mead School District cuts

Standing room only for public meeting on proposed Mead School District cuts

It was standing room only at Northwood Middle School Monday night as the Mead School District held the first of two meetings to discuss propsed cuts to bridge its multimillion dollar budget gap for next year.

The school district said last week that it’s $12 million short for the 2019-2020 school year. Its proposal to remedy the solution would involve cutting about 70 jobs and several school programs, including the Riverpoint STEM Program and M.E.A.D, Mead High School’s alternative school.

“I can’t learn from textbooks. I can’t take regular tests like regular students,” said Taylor, a tenth grader at Riverpoint Academy.

Taylor is on the Autism Spectrum and told the school board that without the Riverpoint Academy, education would not accessible for him.

“Without RA, I’m not going to make it. I’m going to have to drop out of school, I know that. RA has helped so many students and so has MEAD Alternative. They’ve helped beyond the amount of students I could count,” he said.

Thirty-five people signed up to offer public comment, inlcuding current and former students, staff and parents. Another public meeting is planned for Wednesday. Following both meetings, the school board may direct the superintendent to amend the proposal before any formal action is taken.

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