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Federal stimulus package could benefit schools

More than 70 community members provided valuable feedback on a series of issues on Monday, Jan. 26, as the district held the second of four community budget forums scheduled for January and February.

The questions, discussed in the smaller groups, centered around personal values and priorities pertaining to certain budget topics as the district braces for a potentially significant loss of state aid.

Tebbano gave a presentation to the public on the district's budget situation during a community forum at the middle school, where he noted that if the proposed state reductions become a reality, there are essentially only two ways to make up the loss in aid " through property taxes and reducing or eliminating programs.

At Bethlehem's second public forum on Monday, Jan. 26, more than 70 residents participated in roundtable discussions that were split into five smaller groups.

Some of the topics of interest brought up by residents included class sizes; self-funding and fundraising; alternative education and outside programs; transportation; athletics and extracurricular activities; special education; and savings and revenue.

The forum series is slated to end on Feb. 9 and the board's official budget development process will begin later in the month. ""

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