New Contract Could Put District in Budget Bind

Wausau teachers and the School Board may still be smiling from Monday night's contract agreement, but there is not a lot of time before the next big battle over money will begin.

The new contract will only add to an estimated $2.8 million deficit in next year's budget.

School Board President William Scholfield says the students have been bearing the brunt of the contract dispute so far, and they will continue to bear the cost of future cutbacks.

Scholfield says he can envision larger class sizes and less programs in the future if the state doesn't change the way they fund schools.

The teacher's union and the board say they need to work together and with the next governor to eliminate the QEO and revenue caps.

If that doesn't happen, the next contract dispute is only a few months away, because the new contract ends next June.

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