"We better identify where we're going to get the money first," board president Pete Thaw said.
"I have no answers," Jordon said. "I'm not going to throw a number out, . . . I just want to address it and do something soon."
Board member Robin Rector suggested examining where the largest inequities are in the system, and what the priorities should be.
"The dollars aren't there. The idea of across-the-board for everyone is so costly, based on our budget constraints. We've been talking for months now about the dollars we're going to be short, without even ever talking about giving some to employees," Rector said. "We don't even know what it is that we're looking for until we do some research on where we are."
Also at Thursday's meeting, school board members approved on a 3-2 vote a policy that any assembly held at a school that focuses on "sex, religion or politics" has to first be approved by Superintendent Ron Duerring. The motion was introduced by Thaw in response to controversy that surrounded an abstinence-only speaker brought into two county high schools last month.
The Christian speaker, Pam Stenzel, was sponsored by a religious group and paid for in part by Jordon's husband. The incident made national headlines when a George Washington High student, Katelyn Campbell, protested the assembly and called for Principal George Aulenbacher's resignation.
Jordon and Rector voted against the motion, voicing concerns that it would create micromanaging and unnecessary work for Duerring.
"Politicans speak at many award assemblies. Let's let the principals run their schools," Jordon said.
"Oh, we tried that," Thaw said.
"Back off," Jordon responded. "He [Aulenbacher] has done a very good job."
Thaw and board members Bill Raglin and Jim Crawford voted for the motion.
"No longer will the auditorium just be open for whatever," Thaw said. "This is not only for the children, but also for the parents. They send their children to our schools with the assumption we're going to be teaching them, not talking about social areas. We're discussing things in these assemblies that ought to be discussed with parents in their homes."
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