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Madawaska School Officials, Teachers Union To Discuss Budget Cuts

Madawaska school department officials and members of the Madawaska Education
Association will meet this morning to see where they might be able to cut more
than a half-million dollars from the school district's current budget. 
 
The school committee will then meet late this afternoon for a final decision on
cutting the overall budget by seven-percent. 
 
The district needs to cut 525-thousand dollars from the budget because of property tax abatements granted to Twin Rivers Paper Company, reducing its valuation from 170-million dollars to
85-million for years beginning in 2010. 
 
School superintendent Terry Wood says the district could be looking at firing teachers and staff, cutting academic and extracurricular programs, cutting teachers' pay, and having mandatory unpaid
days off for teachers and staff.

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