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Middle School News

February 23, 2016


MRH Board of Education Approves Additional Budget Cuts

The Board of Education has placed Proposition Y on the April 5, 2016, ballot to maintain the current level of programs and meet the needs of the growing enrollment. Prop Y calls for an additional $.55 operating tax levy per $100 of assessed valuation of property. Of this amount, $.45 will be dedicated to general operating expenses and the remaining $.10 will be dedicated to capital maintenance projects. If passed, Prop Y will annually generate approximately $1.1 million for the District’s operating budget and $240,000 to capital projects.

In the event Prop Y does not pass, the District will not be able to fill the additional 20 teaching/support staff positions needed to meet the needs of the growing enrollment.  This will result in a significant increase in class sizes, impacting student achievement and the personalized public education for which MRH is known.

The District will also be forced to make additional cuts to maintain the fiscal health of the district. Working closely with the administration and staff, the Board has identified these additional cuts totaling nearly $1,000,000 to be implemented beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

Budget cuts Area(s) of impact

Elimination of 10 additional positions including:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Seed to Table teachers
  • Reduction in Parents as Teachers (PAT) staff/services
Seed to Table and Farm to Table/Healthy Foods
  • Elimination of Seed to Table program/supplies, and gardens at all campuses
  • Elimination of award-winning Healthy Eating with Local Produce initiative in all cafeterias
  • Elimination of Kindergarten classroom technology and computers
  • Elimination of  6th grade 1:1 computer program
Home Visits Elimination of all Home Visits with teachers and families in all schools
Expeditions/Extra-Curricular Programs

Reduction or elimination of:

  • Middle School expeditions
  • Extra-curricular activities/clubs in all schools
  • Performing arts programs
Athletics Reduction or elimination of High School Sports
Other cuts

Other operational cuts including:

  • Transportation
  • Library materials (all schools)
  • Classroom supplies (all schools)
  • Summer school programming
  • Community engagement
  • Gifted program supplies
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Teacher training and curriculum development
  • Building maintenance (all schools)

Passage of Prop Y will allow the District to continue to meet the needs of the growing enrollment and maintain the many academic and extra-curricular programs that have been implemented with the support of our community to ensure our students’ academic achievement.

Learn more about Proposition Y:

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.