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Language expansion postponed

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM

Citing budgetary reasons, the district’s Board of Education decided to postpone the program's expansion, more than a month after they voted to expand it.

The curriculum change would have required seventh-grade students to take one credit of world language introductory courses for Spanish and French. Eighth-grade students would have been required to take a world language course.

Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton said April’s approval for the expansion was made based on initial budget assumptions that proved to be false.

“It caught me off-guard, and it shouldn’t have,” he said.

Furton told the board there would need to be a “sizable” increase in state funding to allow the program’s expansion, but now they are looking at receiving less funding from the state.

School board Treasurer Lisa Ashcraft expressed her disappointment, recalling the committee’s excitement when they presented the plan to the board in March.

“I’m sorry we have to do this,” Ashcraft said.

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