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Emotional hearing on Independence School cuts

INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -- Amid declining enrollment and less help from state funding, many Iowa schools could be forced to make painful budget cuts.

That pain became visible in Indepence about two weeks ago, when dozens of students rallied to protest proposed cuts. Those cuts could include several teachers and some popular programs.

Tuesday night, dozens of parents and students had a chance to sound off again. An emotional public hearing was scheduled to last one hour, but so many people spoke that the public comment session lasted twice that.

Parents and alum grilled school board members about how the cuts will impact the quality of education at Independence Schools. 

Many expressed concerns that people who came to Independence for certain programs, such as band industrial tech, might leave for other districts.  Others voiced concerns about cutting elementary programs because of the lasting impact it could have on a child's education.

The district is facing a budget shortage of more than $700,000 for next school year. Possible cuts include a 13 teachers, an administrator and certain school programs.

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