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Wausau school board to meet with Petrowski, Galloway over budget


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – Wausau school board members will be meeting with members of the state legislature this afternoon to talk about the governor's proposed budget.

The board's legislative committee will be discussing possible budget fixes with Representative Jerry Petrowski and Senator Pam Galloway. Board member Dale Lawson says the district is hoping to find a good way to weather the coming budget cycle. “How is this going to affect the Wausau school district and the surrounding districts?” He also says they' aren't quite so worried about the changes to labor regulations in the state since they already have concessions with the teachers and other unions.

But Lawson says that won't be enough to cover the upcoming changes to the budget. Wausau will be losing funding per pupil over last year, and that could put a dent in the district's bottom line. “We're still looking in 1.8 to 2 million dollars in deficits.”

Lawson says Petrowski and Galloway are hoping to have the budget passed by June. Until then, he says the district will continue talks to try to get their message to the state.

Today's meeting starts at noon.