GMR School Configuration Back on the Table 20 Mar 17

The issue of school configuration is back on the table tonight as the Greenbush Middle River School District grapples with a projected $400,000 deficit.

Superintendent Tom Jerome says tonight’s agenda sets aside time for a discussion and review of options considered last month that would relocate classes between facilities in Greenbush and Middle River in an effort to downsize staff, consolidating and eliminating positions.

Superintendent Tom Jerome says all three options would maintain students in both locations.

Also on the agenda, allegations that student relocation was discussed as a “done deal” during a meeting that included some, but not all GMR School Board Members on March 1st. Although Superintendent Tom Jerome today denied any “secret meeting” of select members of the GMR Board of Education, he did confirm three members of the School Board that met with teacher representatives in a contract negotiation session that day.

Jerome says there is no directive concerning a dollar amount as the GMR District considers school configuration although he says lost state aid revenue from declining enrollment is driving tonight’s discussion.

Tonight’s meeting of the Greenbush Middle River Board of Education is open to the public and will be held at the Middle River School beginning at 7:30pm.

Schools across the listening area are dealing with finances this month, including the Thief River Falls School District, now in the process of making a half million dollars in budget reductions to deal with deficit spending and declining class size.