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Editorial: School district is facing a number of high hurdles

Tough decisions continue to face the Hastings school district.

This week, we report on steps that the district is taking to reduce $1.5 million from its annual expenses.

In essence, a lot of people are going to be losing their jobs.

It’s terrible, it’s sad and it’s inevitable in a district that is facing a decline in enrollment.

The worst part about this? The cuts aren’t done being made once this round goes through. With the forecasted significant decline the district faces, cuts are going to be a reality for many years to come.

Certainly, there’s room for debate regarding what is being cut and to that end, the district has called a public meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, in the Hastings Middle School cafeteria. They plan to hear questions and concerns from residents at that meeting.

We’re interested to hear what residents have to say about the proposed cuts, and plan to cover the meeting and report on it the following week.

Regardless, know this: Cuts are coming this year. More cuts are coming down the road.

Difficult decisions lie ahead of the district for many years to come.

The public could have a role in determining the direction the district takes with the cuts, so anyone with strong feelings is encouraged to attend the meeting on April 9.