Magnet Program Eliminated

By: Karen Kostko
By: Karen Kostko

Monday night, the Wausau School Board decided to cut the Gifted and Talented Magnet Program. Officials say the decision was tough, but one they had to make to save thousands.

The estimated savings from cutting the program will total around $150,000. The district is expected to cut near $1.5 million for the 2004-2005 school year.

"It's just one of the tough decisions that we're gonna have to make not only now but at least in the next 5 years to come," says superintendent Dr. Charles Skurka.

There are currently 52 students and four teachers participating in the program. Next year, students will have the option of going into the DIAL program, another accelerated learning curriculum. Only one of the magnet teachers will move into the DIAL teaching staff.

Cutting the Gifted and Talented program was one of 40 options an outside consultant recommended to the district in September.

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