Big budget battle going on with Scottsdale Unified School District

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A school nurse was seen teary-eyed outside of the Scottsdale Unified School Board meeting on Tuesday.

The nurse’s position with the district could be cut next year.

Parents are concerned about the safety of their kids if the nurse is laid off.

"I think it's really important that we keep the nurses because there are a lot of medically fragile children including my son," said concerned parent Frank Powers.

There's talk of cutting some nurses, assistant principals, librarians and the music program to help balance the district's nearly $10 million budget deficit for the next school year.

District spokeswoman Carla Partridge said a loss of the M&O override $4.3 million contributes to part of the budget problem.

"It's extremely important to keep this music alive," said Strings teacher Allison Hoage. "It's one of the outlets for these students who struggle daily with their academics and may be the only thing that keeps them coming to school."

Student Mimi Boustila and her two sisters were outside the board meeting playing their instruments.

"I don't know what I would do without my orchestra class," Mimi said. "I love going there."

The budget wasn't actually on the agenda on Tuesday night so board members wouldn't comment on it.

Instead, teachers showed up wearing red T-shirts with the word "Respect" on them, giving the board a piece of their minds about possible 1 percent pay cuts.

Partridge said a budget committee has been made up of board members and parents to battle the budget.

The board hopes to have a clearer picture of what the budget will look like by June.