Boone school board meets Thursday; may consider new cuts

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Boone school board meets Thursday; may consider new cuts
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County’s school board has called a special meeting for noon Thursday -- the last day of this fiscal year -- and may vote on state-directed cuts to its 2016-17 fiscal year budget, which the board already passed and takes effect Friday.

The state Department of Education has declined to comment on the issue until after the meeting. Boone schools Superintendent John Hudson said Wednesday morning that he hadn’t yet received the state directives.

“No one has told me specifically what those will be,” said Hudson, who is becoming Putnam County’s superintendent the day after the meeting.

The online notice for Thursday’s meeting states that, “upon information and belief,” State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano will direct the board in writing before the special meeting “to make certain reductions to its proposed 2016-2017 budget as a condition to the approval of that budget.”

“Upon information and belief, the State Superintendent will require that the Boone County Board of Education take such action prior to July 1 or else the school district will not have an approved budget as of midnight on the evening of June 30,” the notice states.

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