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August 24, 2012

Change of Heart: New Castle board reconsiders, votes to hire janitor

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NEW CASTLE — NO DEFICIT SPENDING

“I totally reject the notion that this district is in deficit spending,” Gabriel said, explaining that a “deficit is when you spend more money than you have. We’re not in deficit spending. We’re tapping into a $14 million reserve that belongs to the school district.

“I think we’ve done a darn good job controlling costs,” he continued. “How do you get a $14 million surplus on a spending spree?”

The district has a comprehensive plan of how it will  reduce costs further, and the plan doesn’t include dipping into the fund balance every year,” Gabriel said.

Gabriel said the board met for a five-minute executive session for personnel reasons before Tuesday’s meeting, only to discuss a music teacher hiring. There was no discussion about it in the executive session, he said.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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