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UPDATE: Madison School Board making final cuts

MADISON (WKOW) -- After months of proposals, debates, and line-by-line votes, the Madison School Board is close to finalizing its budget for the 2010-2011 school year.

The district's finalized budget proposal is due today.

The board has used a combination of cuts to positions and programs, along with pay freezes to whittle the shortfall from $30 million.

Monday night, the board voted to recommend pay freezes for several of its collective bargaining agreements, including custodians, painters, and clerical staff. Those contracts expire in August. Freezing wages would save the district more than $1 million, and save jobs.

"I think it's been a thoughtful process, it's not been an easy process," said Superintendent Daniel Nerad. "It certainly has had it's challenges. So, that's the purpose of this work to be deliberative and to have good, lengthy discussions."

Board members will meet at 5 tonight to make their final cuts, and vote on the budget, and determine what, if any, tax increase property owners will have to bear.

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