"Prior to what the governor took out, we had you at zero," he told the audience.
Board deliberations took well over an hour, and then the floor was opened up to the public. A line of speakers quickly queued up and several thanked the board for keeping the aquatics center open.
"It's not really a school fixture, it's a community fixture," said girls varsity swim team captain Jess Cooper, who also spoke of the many programs for the young and old at the pool. "I see longtime friendships built there."
Others were decidedly more critical of the district, with administrator numbers and salaries being the most frequent point of contention.
John Allen handed the board a petition with "several hundred" signatures demanding a more thorough, line-by-line look at the budget, and railed against what he said were senselessly numerous and overpaid administrators.
"A lot of us think it's a cheap shot," to put athletics, clubs and teachers on the chopping block, "when you don't look at the heavy burden of administrative costs," he said.
Allen and others questioned why the middle school has more than one principal and made other criticisms of the administrative structure. The top three RCS administrators " including Teplesky " agreed to a pay freeze in next year's budget, for a $16,000 savings.
The school board will meet again on April 5, when it is expected a budget will be adopted.
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