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Counseling, arts potentially on the chopping block at Dunlap Schools

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DUNLAP (WEEK) -- Teachers in Dunlap gathered Sunday afternoon braving the wind and cold, going door to door to spread their messages against potential staff cuts.

Last month superintendent Dr. Scott Dearman presented the board with a list of potential cuts to make up for a budget deficit. The board blames the short fall on decreasing property tax revenue.

However, teacher's union co-president Melissa Harrison says the proposed cuts are unacceptable.

"There's a certain expectation that comes with moving into the Dunlap school district," Harrison said. "That is students will have more individualized attention — not less. Taxpayers don't want their money being held hostage at the expense of children."

Harrison mentioned the programs at risk of being cut are music, art, school counseling, the school nurse, and English second language programs. She encourages public input at Wednesday's meeting.

The Dunlap School Board will meet Wednesday, but is not expected to take any action.

Kaitlin Pearson

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