St. Lucie County school district proposed cuts cause flood of emails, calls from parents

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- St. Lucie County school board members were flooded with emails and phone calls from parents after the district released a proposed menu list of items to cut for next year.

Consolidating Frances K. Sweet Magnet School with Fairlawn is one option school officials looked into in order to save money.

The district needs to cut $17 million in expenses.

Programs and jobs could be in jeopardy. The list of cuts includes closing schools, implementing a four-day school week and cutting employee salaries and benefits.

The total amount of proposed cuts adds up to $26.5 million which school leaders plan to discuss at a board meeting on Tuesday. There are no plans to vote on the cuts just yet.

Last year, board members proposed that residents vote on a referendum for an additional school tax. 

Leaders said the tax would have generated about $15 million a year for four years, but the idea got postponed because board members felt the public was not fully educated on the  matter when it was time to vote.

The school board meeting starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the district headquarters.

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