Janesville School Board faces challenging budget

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Stan Stricker
February 3, 2011

Hunger among Janesville school children may be hampering their ability to learn.

School Board Commissioner Kristin Hesselbacher tells WCLO's Dan Conry Show the percentage of students in the "Free and Reduced Lunch Program" has skyrocketed to 47%. She says it's difficult for kids to pay attention when they're hungry. She argues district social workers help students face some of the concerns brought about by poverty. She says the district needs as many social workers as possible.

District officials have proposed reducing the number of social workers as part of a plan to deal with a projected $9.7 million shortfall next year.

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