"We made about $300,000 worth of cuts last year," Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan School District Supt. Bill Van Meer told Peterson. This year the school district needs to cut $481,000 to balance its budget. Van Meer estimates a savings of $80,000 to $90,000 by cutting the agriculture program.
Supporters of agricultural education are very upset about Van Meer's announcement to cut agricultural education to save money. "We just feel it's that valuable and we'd sure like to keep it and help do what we can to make sure it's there in the future for other families and kids," FFA Alumni President Jerome Laufenberg told Peterson. (Read more)