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RCS freezes budget

Teplesky said he would take the matter up at the next meeting of the school board on Tuesday, March 1, and possibly solicit the board's support on a letter to the governor. The superintendent added he would approach unions before instituting a freeze, should the district have that power.

Last year, the RCS administrators bargaining unit took a wage freeze, but any major budget impact would be felt in decisions from unions with more members, such as the teachers union.

Board of Education President Scott Hughes said he doesn't want to hurt families, but he'd be compelled to support a wage freeze.

"When we look at where we are economically...we have to look at things like wage freezes," he said, adding he hopes to see union concessions this year.

"We're hoping that the superintendent leading by example really helps people pull together," he said.

The district is this year operating on a $42.2 million contingency budget, adopted after voters turned down the district's original proposal.

The next budget workshop will be held Tuesday, March 15. An April 5 budget adoption is anticipated, with the public vote on the budget set for May 17.

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