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IQ: D-11 shortfall 

District 11's budget shortfall and the school board's attempt to find $5 million worth of budget cuts have dominated local news in recent weeks. D-11's party line is that we got to this point because voters failed to pass last November's mill levy. We wondered what you thought.

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Tracie Hunt
Teacher
Neighborhood: Mesa Springs

Why do you think District 11 came up $5 million short in their budget for next year? I think overextending themselves and trying to upgrade all the computers, and then I think they were a little blind in not giving the public more information.

What cuts should be made to balance the budget? The top end is always heaviest.

Which budget items, if any, should not be cut under any circumstances? Teacher to child ratio.

What kind of job is District Superintendent Kenneth Burnley doing? Personally, I really don't know.

How much should he be paid? Oh, less than me.

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Casey Hemphill
Student
Neighborhood: Downtown

Why do you think District 11 came up $5 million short in their budget for next year? I don't know. I don't know what they spent it on.

What cuts should be made to balance the budget? I think technology.

Which budget items, if any, should not be cut under any circumstances? I don't think they should close schools.

What kind of job is District Superintendent Kenneth Burnley doing? I think he makes bad decisions on what to spend the money on.

How much should he be paid? I don't know.

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Debra
Massage therapist
Neighborhood: Downtown

Why do you think District 11 came up $5 million short in their budget for next year? Probably bad spending.

What cuts should be made to balance the budget? I think they should look at the top administrative salaries.

Which budget items, if any, should not be cut under any circumstances? I think they should take a real hard look at ways to cut costs other than closing schools.

How much should he (District Superintendent Kenneth Burnley) be paid? Maybe they should start based on performance.

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