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Published November 12, 2013, 07:37 PM

Grand Forks school board did not vote on cutting over $1 million from its budget

After a two hour and forty minute meeting, the Grand Forks School Board did not vote on cutting more than one million dollars to its budget Tuesday night. One of the most controversial topics was a proposed $15,000 cut to the Artists in the Classroom program.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

After a two hour and forty minute meeting, the Grand Forks School Board did not vote on cutting more than one million dollars to its budget Tuesday night. One of the most controversial topics was a proposed $15,000 cut to the Artists in the Classroom program.

Several art teachers went to Tuesday's meeting to tell board members why their art classes should not be reduced. The normal class schedule for first through fifth graders is 18 art sessions a year. Officials proposed reducing that to 15 sessions. Kindergarten art classes would be reduced from 10 to seven a year. Art teachers argued they get paid by the class and would therefore receive a pay cut. Board members were split on whether or not to keep the program on the budget cut list.

Other items on the proposed budget cut list include school supplies and technology at the administrative level like using less paper and cutting unused phone lines. The school board tabled its deficit reduction plan until its next meeting December 9.

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