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Referendum splits board
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MONROE - Faced with the prospect of having to cut as many as 28 teaching positions if a referendum fails to pass this fall, Monroe school board members split into two opposing camps during a heated discussion at Monday's meeting. Survey results reported to the board in June indicated that just less than half of voters would support a three-year referendum of $1.8 million per year. Business Administrator Ron Olson reminded the board that $1.8 million represents the amount needed to maintain current school programs based on projections, some of which he said may be optimistic - including a slight increase he estimated in state funding for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.