Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 27, 2013

Jasper school board candidates debate finances, class size


"My goal is to keep working with the current people who are on the board, because we all get along together and look toward the future," he said. "And we've already made some of the cuts that these other districts are making. Those cuts were made a few years ago, and they weren't easy then and they're not easy for these other school districts."

One of the main topics was the question of where future cuts could be made, especially as they pertained to class sizes. Pullen said the district's best hopes to save money would be making cuts among administrators.

"You've got to start at the top," he said. "There are some administrators sitting here that aren't going to like to hear that. You've got to get more out of your dollar. That's all there is to it, and that's where it has to start."

In his second time running for the position, Earnest said class size is always important and maintaining a beneficial size should be one of the highest priorities for the district.

"Class size should always be an issue," he said. "One teacher to a 20-student classroom is going to do a better job of teaching than one teacher to a 30 or 35 classroom. This school district is in no other business than to educate kids, and class sizes will always be an issue in any decision you make."

Rieman said that while cuts are necessary, the main focus should be to avoid making cuts that would directly affect students.

"In a hopeful world, you wouldn't have to make cuts," she said. "I agree, I think the last place it should come from is our teachers and kids and if there's any way to refocus and come up with a plan, it's not to take it away from our kids."

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com


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