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Biennial budget impact on rural schools

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GRANTON (WAOW) -- With costs rising and little room financially to make cuts, some rural schools are faced with the challenge of keeping their doors open on a smaller and smaller budget.

The Granton School District is one of those small districts.

School leaders expect state aid to decrease and say they will lose more money, because the new biennial budget caps property tax levels, which the district already exceeds.

They say they're bare bones as far as staffing is concerned and have little room to make changes.

"Larger schools have numerous different teachers. Depending on how big you are, you might have five or six English teachers. What you can do is just increase the class size and cut a teacher. We don't have that option at Granton. If we cut a teacher, we're not offering those classes" School Board Member Paul Knoff said.

The district expects to meet with the Neillsville School District.

Leaders say they will discuss several options, including whole grade sharing. They say, hypothetically, it would involve Granton High School students going to Neillsville High School to help cut costs.

That meeting is April 6th. For more information on the time and location call the Granton School District Offices.

Granton School District Offices - (715) 238 - 7292

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