As the Springfield school board continues to debate millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts, a growing chorus of parents is urging the district to consider seeking new revenue in the form of a tax increase, rather than relying solely on staff and program reductions.
More than a dozen people spoke against proposals ranging from reductions in the number of teachers, librarians and security staff to increases in average class size to 31. A number of the parents who addressed the board said they would support a property tax increase to fund educational basics, and would encourage others to do the same.
The district is trying to chip away at an $11 million dollar deficit. The proposals also include the closure of consolidation of two elementary schools and rollbacks in other programs.