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Emotions run high at BCSD100 special meeting

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A formal recommendation to fix Belvidere District 100's $6.5 million budget deficit won't be made until later this month.

Before that happens, the community wants district leaders to know what it thinks shouldn't happen.

"I'd really ask if you could just sit up for a minute and act like you care for a minute."

In the instance that a speaker called out a board member on poor posture, you could cut the tension with a knife.

With just three out of seven board members returning after the upcoming election, some are questioning whether they even care.

"With the importance of this decision in mind and with the knowledge that many of you will not be returning to the school board next year, I can only wonder if this hastiness is so that you will not have to face the consequences of what your decision will bring," said a student.

For most, it all comes back to timing.  Jake Walker is a sophomore at Belvidere High School.  If the idea to combine Belvidere High with Belvidere North develops, he'll be devastated.

"I'll hope to continue that at BHS over the next two years and then until I graduate," said Walker.  "Not only did I commit to graduate, but I committed to graduate at Belvidere HS as a Belvidere Buc."

That's a commitment that won't be broken just yet according to Superintendent Michael Houselog.

"There's been no recommendation to that end.  There's been no recommendations made whatsoever," he said.  "Therefore I'll be processing expectations I've received, input I've heard, firsthand knowledge I have and what we are capable of doing well."

A formal recommendation will be made to the board at it's February 19th meeting.

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