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School district proposing changes for budget restrictions

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Micah is a second-grader in Linden Schools. His brother will soon go to kindergarten.

Their mother Angie Hoffman said she's happy with the district's education.

"It really feels like a close-knit community and I would hate to lose that," Hoffman said.

But right now, she's also paying close attention to what shakes out at the administrative level.

Like many districts, Linden is dealing with financial issues.

Superintendent Russ Ciesielski laid it all out for parents on Monday night.

"If we stay status quo, we are looking at a financial decrease if you will, which could put us in deficit, at deficit, and into a big problem," Ciesielski said.

He said elementary changes could be necessary to avoid falling behind.

That could include restructuring the three schools to be grade-specific, which would mean each child would have attended three schools before reaching middle school.

A move that could possibly save more than $650,000.

"For us, who are pioneering it, that's a difficult change to ask families to go through," Hoffman said.

Ciesielski said it's too early to determine what will be done.

"We've eliminated a lot of the low-hanging fruit. So we need to find ways now, and one of those ways is, and is really one of the only ways left now, one of the ways left, is to look at that reduction," Ciesielski said.

And parents, like Hoffman, said it's important to have their opinions be heard....because it will impact their children.

"On behalf of our family, I would like to see it stay the same, if possible," Hoffman said.

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