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Letters: More cuts will hurt education too

More cuts will hurt education too Park Rapids has attracted a great deal of media attention around the state in the past few weeks because if our referendum does not pass on Nov. 7 all extracurricular programs will be eliminated - fine arts, acad...

More cuts will

hurt education too

Park Rapids has attracted a great deal of media attention around the state in the past few weeks because if our referendum does not pass on Nov. 7 all extracurricular programs will be eliminated - fine arts, academic and athletic. Cutting extracurricular activities will be a cut of approximately $250,000 from the district's budget.

Much less attention has been given to the additional $500,000 that must also be cut from the district's budget - six to eight more teaching positions on the line?

With class sizes in our district already exceeding the limits for a quality education from kindergarten through high school, additional cuts to teaching staff will make it even more difficult to meet the needs of all of our students. We have eliminated some programs entirely, dramatically pared back the offerings in others and cut grade level and essential subject area teachers; the result is classes too large in size to give all students the individual attention they need to achieve their potential. If you find this unacceptable, you must vote yes for the referendum.

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If you believe that every child who graduates from Park Rapids Area High School should have the education and skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, in the military or in a post-secondary school, you must vote yes for the referendum.

Mary Garlie

Park Rapids

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