"If we were to commit to $3 million for next year, that's about 50 teachers. I don't know whether or not we can as a board support the full amount without making some extremely large cuts [ourselves]," he said.
Raglin question why school and library leaders could not come up with a solution within 90 days, saying, "This is not brain surgery."
"It almost is in this type of economy," Jordon replied.
The board voted to again meet with library officials over the next month and reconvene at April's meeting with a plan. Some board members suggested the county commission sponsor a levy to bring in revenue for the library.
Board member Robin Rector suggested it would be "fiscally prudent" to factor in the loss of 1 percent of its budget, since a bill has been introduced that, if passed, would require all county school boards to set aside a portion of their budgets for libraries.
Rector said she's tired of hearing that 1 percent "isn't that much," since 85 percent of the school board's budget is fixed costs.
"One percent is really what we take out of the remaining 15 percent we have control over. So, it becomes much more significant. I know it hurts and I know that it will perhaps keep us from forging forward with some innovative things. It's going to be painful," she said. "They were caught surprised. I don't want us to be caught surprised. If the Legislature approves this, we could be faced with having to do the same thing."
Superintendent Ron Duerring reminded the board to not lose sight of its own problems while trying to help the library.
"I hope this board will have equal discussion about how we're going to take care of our own problems," he said. "We've not done that."
Also at Thursday's meeting, the board voted to follow through with some redistricting plans. Legg Fork area students attending Flinn Elementary will now move to Sissonville Elementary, and Orchard Manor-area students attending Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary will now attend Grandview Elementary.
The board did not vote Thursday to redraw attendance zones for Overbrook, Kenna and Holz elementary schools.
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