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Fight Against Proposed Burlington School Budget Cuts

Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers tried to fight back against proposed cuts for the Burlington School District.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Hundreds of students, parents, and teachers tried to fight back against proposed cuts for the Burlington School District.

The district is looking at various options to trim down the budget since it was defeated on Town Meeting Day.

That has them looking at a lot of positions and programs, and that's why so many people are concerned.

Hundreds of people packed the cafeteria at Burlington High School Tuesday hoping to prevent what many call painful cuts to the schools.

"It really hurts me to hear about the possible ramifications that they could have on our students," says Mike Gerstenmaier, a Burlington teacher.

The district put out a list of about 30 people who might be affected.

"I am dismayed that despite accomplishing great things with my students this year my position might cut through no fault of my own," says Jen Nesson, a Burlington teacher.

The list of names was personal to many, including students.

"They have always pushed for me to be who I am and given me courage to not focus on what others think and that has made my last few years here so incredible," says Sam Schroeter, a Burlington student.

The district says it needs to put the list together now to keep options open and that the numbers of cuts to jobs will far less, especially if services and programs are trimmed.

Still many here think more should be done to explain to voters, who rejected the 67-million dollar proposed budget, what cuts will do.

"I urge you to go back to the voters to present a budget that protects our teachers, our children, and our families," says Megan Fitzpatrick, a Burlington teacher.

This was just the beginning of this process.
   
Now the board has to consider how much money to cut and where and who it will come from.

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