Referendum Needed To Avoid Cuts At Northeast Dubois Schools

Consultant Bob Hatton addressing parents and staff at Northeast Dubois about a referendum to address the corporation's budget woes.

Consultant Bob Hatton addressing parents and staff at Northeast Dubois about a referendum to address the corporation’s budget woes.

DUBOIS (NNDC) – It looks like it will take a referendum on the 2016 ballot for the Northeast Dubois School Corporation to continue operating with its current staffing and programs.

That’s the recommendation of a feasibility study presented to the corporation’s board and a packed house Thursday night at Northeast Dubois High School.

Falling enrollment in recent years has put a strain on the corporation’s overall budget.

The referendum being recommended by Brookston, Indiana-based consulting firm Administrator Assistance would result in an additional $240 dollars in tax revenue on a house in the school district valued at $133,000.

The more than half-million dollars generated would keep Celestine Elementary School open as well as keep the current middle and high school configuration in Dubois intact.

Corporation Deputy Treasurer DeAnn Meyer says the additional revenue would also allow adding music and drama programs for the corporation as well pay for needed building maintenance projects in the coming years.

Consultant Bruce Hatton told the standing-room only crowd at the high school’s cafeteria that if the referendum fails Celestine Elementary would have to close. He also says staffing cuts would have to be made and some current school programs would have to be eliminated.

The school board took no action Thursday night, but corporation superintendent Bill Hochgesang says the school board is expected to take action on the study’s recommendations when it meets January 19th.

CLICK BELOW FOR THE FEASABILITY STUDY PRESENTED TO NORTHEAST SCHOOL OFFICIALS FROM CONSULTING FIRM ADMINISTRATOR ASSISTANCE…

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