Parents worry about losing agricultural curriculum

By Anna Carrera

Published 03/10 2014 05:40PM

Updated 03/25 2014 10:37AM

Update: 3:30 pm, 3/24/14, Monday
OAKLAND -- Monday evening, the school board is set to talk about if the Ag and art teacher positions should be part time. More than 100 people attended a previous meeting to protest the move. The board says it's simply trying to find ways to offset state funding cuts. The meeting takes place in the school library at 7 pm.
Original: 5:40 pm, 3/10/14, Monday
COLES COUNTY -- Parents are worried about cuts which could be coming to their schools' Ag programs. People in Oakland say they want to build their farming community.

A lot of people here are farmers. They want their kids to have that chance as well, but they say cuts will hurt the program. The superintendent of Oakland schools says the board talks about money every month.

Members are always looking for ways to be more efficient. The high school already shares a Spanish teacher with another district. But parents say sharing an agriculture teacher would make a much bigger difference.

The district currently offers five Ag classes and also has an FFA. The superintendent says, at this point, they haven't made any decisions about cuts, but they're not looking to cut any programs.

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