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Barbour County Parents Concerned About Budget Cuts

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Barbour County parents are worried about possible cuts to school programs like sports in county middle schools, but those aren't the only programs that may face cuts.

The possible cuts come after a school bond and excess levy were both denied by voters in last November's election. Among the programs that may have to be cut are middle school sports, but some parents in Barbour County don't want to see those sports go by the wayside.

"It does give kids something to work towards with their GPAs, knowing that they have to be in school, knowing that they have to keep their attendance up to do that. I feel like if this is something that is dropped, there could be a decline in all of those," said Lori Wetzel, whose daughter is a student at Belington Middle School.

While sports have caught the attention of many in the county, it's not the only program at risk. Barbour County Superintendent Dr. Joe Super said he will look at each program to see what can be done to help schools throughout the county.

"We're looking at academic and non-academic programs, and none of those programs are going to be spared any scrutiny. We'll just have to look at the recommendations I have to make to the board, and then the board will have to consider them or not consider them," Super said.

He also said there have been no final decisions made about what cuts may be made. In the meantime, Wetzel and other concerned parents will be meeting to see what can be done to give the schools the support they need.

"We need to do what we can to save these programs, and the meeting is to discuss ways to come up with the funds to be able to save these programs and to work hand in hand with the Board of Education in trying to do so," Wetzel said.

Super said he invites anyone who has concerns to come to a school board meeting and make them known as the process continues.