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Plum City School District deals with budget gap, strategic planning

PLUM CITY - The Plum City School District will be dealing with both short-term and long-term planning when its school board sits for its monthly meeting this Monday.

In the short-term the district will be looking to close a gap of $260,000. A special listening session will take place from 6-7 p.m. just before the regular school board meeting on Monday at the Middle/High School Building.

Superintendent Mark Luebker is hoping for a good turnout of parents, citizens and staff members for the meeting because improving such communication is one of the long-term goals the district has.

Those long-term goals are a part of a strategic planning process the district is pursuing. A meeting was held last Tuesday at school that heard from former Chippewa Falls schools superintendent Mike Schock speak to important of the district developing a mission statement and goals in order make its decision around both financially and academically.

"Part of it is about finances but planning is also about the academic goals the district wants to set for itself and providing the best possible education for the students."

The shortfalls the district has been dealing with is due in large part, Luebker said, to declining state aides due to declining enrollment and revenue limits running up against expenditures the increase at a rate of three to four percent per school year.