Angry parents voice concerns over budget cuts in Hazelwood School District

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ST. LOUIUS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - Parents, students and teachers voiced concerns over planned cuts in the Hazelwood School District Tuesday night. The district’s board of education held its meeting the Hazelwood East early Childhood Center in order to accommodate a large crowd.

The board heard concerns about cuts for the next school year that will result in music programs at elementary schools being pushed to an after school program.  There are also concerns about the number of physical education teachers being reduced.

The proposed cuts are outlined on the district’s website.

The district has said budget cuts are necessary because tax revenues have dropped due to declining property values.  One parent group has launched an on-line petition calling for the resignation of the district’s superintendent.  Missouri State Rep. Keith English has also called for her resignation.  He tells FOX 2 it’s possible he will lead an effort to hold up funding for the district unless the superintendent resigns.

The board of education president sent a letter to Rep. English criticizing his efforts.  The board says cuts are being made following a collaborative process involving parent input.