NEWPORT – Newport community members gathering at Nokomis High School last night to discuss a heavily debated topic that’s taking the town by storm.
With difficulties staying true to the school budget in years past RSU 19 has found itself in hot water. And now, the district is asking teachers to work several days without pay to make up some of the debt.
“Furlough days are a symptom of larger problems. Cuts to positions and programs are a symptom of a larger problem. And that larger problem is that the school budget has never been adequate to support the educational needs of the students in this district. Never.” said one teacher, Sherri Gould.
The teachers acknowledged they were willing to work two furlough days years back, but say this is too far. The district said each furlough day worked could save the district thousands of dollars.