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Richland schools look at possibly even deeper cuts

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RICHLAND, WA- Parents and taxpayers will hear bad news at tonight's Richland School Board meeting.

The school superintendent along with other educators statewide have learned proposed six-percent cuts from the state could actually reach up to eleven percent.

Superintendent Dr. Jim Busey says that could mean cutting or eliminating some programs, including the popular gifted and talented education program.

"That is one of the areas on non-basic ed funding that may be cut completely or reduced dramatically," Busey says. However, Busey says the board and the community could decide to sustain or expand the GATE program. "We've had discussions, and what it would take from local levy resources to sustain over time, and as well to potentially expand that program."

Dr. Busey says local technology and replacement levies may be able to offset the cuts at the state level.

  The Washington Legislature could take action on the governor's proposed as early as next month if called into a special session.