The possibility of additional budget cuts for the Joseph School District if the statewide tax increase is voted down in January will be discussed at next week's meeting of the Joseph School Board. It is scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the high school library.

In the near future the Joseph board will also be dealing with the Nov. 5 failure of the five-year tax levy it requested voters to approve. The levy, which would have raised an estimated $270,000 to help with operating expenses the first year it went into effect (starting next fall), was defeated by a 667-467 margin at the polls.

The district plans to include questions about why the levy failed in a survey it will publish in the January newsletter. The results of that survey and discussion about a possible future levy request will probably be on the Jan. 14 school board meeting.

According to Joseph superintendent Rich Graham, a survey about the four-day school week will also be in the upcoming district newsletter.

While the levy was a disappointment, Graham said he is very pleased with the efforts of the community to help Joseph schools in other ways. "We've had very good volunteer help," he said. For example, the Jo-Hi football field was maintained entirely by volunteer efforts this year from parents and other program supporters, and lines in front of the elementary school for student crossing were recently painted by volunteers.

Another boost to the school was a donation of $1,000 from the Joseph Bronze, Blues and Brews Festival committee for the Joseph school music program. The money will be used for music and instruments, Graham said.

One of a continuing series of workshops about student discipline and drug and alcohol prevention will be held by the Joseph School Board at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 (today). Parents and other interested persons are welcome.

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