Ask an Official: MAPS Superintendent discusses upcoming referendum, impact of state budget
This week’s featured question was submitted for MAPS Superintendent John Sample
The question reads:
“I heard about the assembly folks coming to Merrill last week and am pretty confused Mr. Sample. First off, the biggest thing that has been bugging me is whether or not we are going to have a referendum? I read something about it a while back, have heard there have been meetings but then when talking with others about it, I’m told no we aren’t having one and that it was just an idea to pay the bills? If we are, then will all the money coming from Madison fix the money problem in the district and we can avoid a referendum? If we aren’t having one, what will the extra money from Madison be used for? Thanks for clearing this up for me!”
Answer as given by Dr. Sample:
“This is an excellent question and I appreciate the opportunity to respond. At this point, everything coming out of Madison is pure speculation until the budget is approved. The Governor’s proposed budget, as well as the Assembly’s proposed revision to the Governor’s budget, have the potential to be positive for Merrill Area Public Schools. However, neither budget proposal provides MAPS with sufficient funding to maintain operations. Furthermore, considering our declining enrollment, even the best budget scenario finds us exploring the option of a referendum in April or facing additional cuts.
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