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By Jim Wieners
About one week ago Hazelwood Central Boys Basketball won their third consecutive district title in Class Five. Nearly a week before that in Class Three North Technical Boys Basketball played in only their second district title game, ever, and this time they won their first-ever district title.
District Contends Cutbacks Necessary
Hazelwood School District (HSD) parents and residents are circulating a petition to ask for an audit of the district by state officials in light of the budget cuts proposed by HSD. The state auditor’s office requires 5,000 signatures before a state audit would be approved. In addition, parents have formed a committee to identify alternative ways to save the district money.
Parents, teachers and others jammed the Hazelwood School District School Board meeting Wednesday night to voice opposition to the administration’s recently announced plan to reduce the budget over the next several years. Most of the opposition concerned cutbacks in elementary band/orchestra and the plan to have only one physical education class per month.
In keeping with tradition, last Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Hazelwood School District took part in National Signing Day. A total of 20 seniors from Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, and Hazelwood East High Schools accepted college athletic scholarships and signed letters of intent to play college sports.
The Hazelwood School District Announces
Budget Reduction Plan for 2016-17
Hazelwood School District administrators recently announced its plan to reduce the budget over the next several years. The announcements were made during several meetings to its 2,400 staff members. The current year budget shortfall of nearly $15 million dollars is primarily due to declining property values, a district press release stated. When comparing 2014-15 revenue raised from property taxes there was $15.7 million less than what was collected in 2008-09, which is one reason for the shortfall.
Hazelwood Central First Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Team 289, was part of the winning alliance at the FTC robotics competition held at St. Louis Community College-Meramec. All three Hazelwood Central teams finished in the top half of challengers. FTC team, 289 now advances to the Missouri State Championship in Rolla, Missouri on March 5.« Previous Entries Next Entries »