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Portland school board will not make budget cuts to athletics, co-curricular programs

The board still hadn't decided late Tuesday where to make the cuts needed to get within the proposed $119.9 million total.
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PORTLAND, Maine — The Portland Board of Public Education voted 5-4 Tuesday night to make sure budget cuts would not be made to athletics and co-curricular activities in next year's budget.

The board was still debating how to achieve a zero percent tax increase in next year’s budget late Tuesday night. It has not yet been decided where funding cuts would come from if staff renegotiations for cost-of-living increases are unsuccessful.

“I’m very concerned that year after year we’ve reduced co-curriculars and we continue to go there,” said board member Sarah Thompson, who made the proposal to not cut further from the activities. “I feel pretty strongly that co-curriculars play an important part in the whole child and whole student. We’ve heard from many people how this keeps students in school.”

This story will be updated.

Read the full story at the Portland Press Herald

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