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Budget talks continue in Francis Howell School District

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The Francis Howell School District Board of Education is eying cuts after voters shot down a 60 cent tax levy in November. Thursday night, they will meet again to weigh options for balancing the budget.

The Board of Education will have to decide if it should plan the budget for next school year with or without the projected deficit and whether or not to include more expenses or more cuts.

Two of the district's biggest expenses are salaries and transportation.

District leaders posted documents on its website showing some of the areas for possible cuts it will look into at Thursday's meeting. Those documents show cutting some high school extracurricular activities and initiating a fee structure could save $250,000. Reducing security personal and possibly safety upgrades could save $180,000. Implementing walk zones for students who live within walking distance from school could save another $250,000 but still needs further study.

These are simply figures for the board to keep in mind as they plan ahead.

Thursday's meeting starts at 5 p.m. A district spokesperson told News 4 this is slated for a work session and they don't plan on voting on anything, but they could if the board president were to call for it.

District leaders said they will look for parent input once they start strategic planning after the first of the year.

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