Appo officials: Failed referendum would hit students hard

By Peter MacArthur 6:23am, May 9, 2013 - Updated 9:38am, May 9, 2013
Officials with the Appoquinimink School District say there's a lot on the line today as residents turn out to vote on a new referendum.

This one calls for a tax increase roughly half the amount of a referendum that failed earlier in the year.

Superintendent Matthew Burroughs says money is tight and they have little else they can cut that won't affect students in the classroom.

"Since 2008, as a district, we've seen our funding reduced about $4 million a year from the state. We've made cuts. Last year we cut $2 million out of our budget, and to get to this referendum, which is 15-cents on the $100 of assessed value, we cut another $1.1 million dollars out of our budget," says Burroughs

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If the referendum fails, Burroughs says they will be looking at increasing class sizes in grades one through three, 25-30 percent.

Also, world language will be eliminated in elementary school and extra curricular activities will be eliminated.

Polls are open Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm.

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