Concerned citizens gather to discuss potential cuts in Hot Springs Schools

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A large crowd of concerned citizens gathered to discuss what they could do to help the Hot Springs School District.

Earlier this year, the district was considering making cuts to their music, foreign language, and counseling staff. The district is currently facing a deficit of more than $400,000.

The community held a public forum and then gathered in groups to discuss the best course of action. Some thought calling state lawmakers and making them aware of the issue was the best approach.

The superintendent and Hot Springs school board were invited to the meeting but did not show.

Many people in the crowd felt they were being left in the dark and want the school board to be more open about the potential cuts to staff.

"There's no trust. And until I don't know how, they are going to rebuild it. But, it comes with maybe telling us what your plans are, which none of us really know. All we know is they want to cut staff," said Christ Christensen, Hot Springs Counselor.

The proposal to cut staff could come as soon as the March 12th school board meeting.