The states' financial situation continues to plague many school districts around the area. While some have managed to make it through relatively unscathed, officials in the Southwestern School District won't be so lucky.

School board members estimate they are facing a deficit between $450 and $750,000 next school year due to the states' financial problems and they must now consider cutting programs and possibly closing schools.

Last month, Superintendent Brad Skertich briefed the board on possible solutions centered around the idea of shifting students to other schools and possibly turning one or more schools into district offices. Skertich will give an expanded presentation at their November meeting, but isn't sure when a decision will be made.

Skertich Comments

Skertich also says that parents and those with vested interests are invited to express their opinions at the next regularly scheduled meeting, which will be held at Southwestern Middle School at 7 p.m. on November 20th.

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