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ELITE program sees parental support amid possible district cuts

Dozens of District 150 parents turned out in support of a behavioral program at two schools during last night’s board meeting.  The school board is considering whether to cut the ELITE program:

The District pays more than $400,000 to run ELITE at Trewyn and Harrison schools.  Now the program is on the table for possible reductions, along with millions of dollars in other suggested cuts district-wide.   ELITE founder Carl Cannon says he wants to meet with the school board to brainstorm finding other money to fund the program:

“Tell me what I need to do on this end, and give me the challenge of getting it done if what I’m saying is really working.”

Cannon says grant funding and private dollars could help keep ELITE financially afloat rather than just rely on district money.  The district faces a nearly $13-million budget deficit this year.