By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY - To hear the public's voice on the proposed budget cuts announced Feb. 12, the St. Lucie County School Board will be holding a town hall meeting at an area high school.
The town hall meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the auditorium of Fort Pierce Central High School in Fort Pierce.
In a report revealed at the Feb. 12 board meeting, it was stated that approximately another $15 million dollars in budget cuts are needed in order to stay on budget for the coming 2013-2014 school year.
Some of the proposed cuts included decreasing the amount of athletics in the school system, four-day school weeks and reduction in the availability of the teachers that teach physical education, music, art and technology.
Other major proposals included the closing of schools, specifically Garden City Early Learning Academy and Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts.
Other schools would see changes as well, including designating Village Green Elementary from a magnet school to a school choice school.
The report also indicated the recommendations of assigning students to schools based on zip codes, and decreasing the availability of transportation to remote areas.
None of these decisions have been finalized; however, with this fiscal year coming to an end, some of the recommendations will be given a closer look to help the district meet its financial budgetary goals.
The town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 7. Fort Pierce Central High School is located at 4101 S. 25th St. in Fort Pierce.