|By Regina Weiss, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
While school supporters have asked the council to support the school system financially, Colonial Beach Concerned Citizens is asking the town to take a step back.
The group formed two months ago after a heated public hearing over a proposed
Nine members of the group attended Thursday night's
"We want to help you help this town," she said to the council.
The group is mainly concerned about the cost of relocating several hundred elementary students in the fall to the high school campus, and cuts to the 2015 town budget that total almost
The concerned citizens asked questions about a memorandum of understanding still being drafted between the school and the town.
The memorandum will address the old high school property's future and the repayment of bond money used for the elementary school relocation.
The burned former high school will be turned over to the town after the
Still, the group does not approve of funding the school when cuts to the town budget are a result. Cuts include
Other questions raised by the group include: whether the
The group also asked for a cost-benefit analysis of combining the town school system with
Blancke said keeping the schools in
"The tax base of
"I think we were recognized and I hope that moving forward there will be some answers coming from this," Blancke said.
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