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      Mesick Schools approve new budget

      Two Mesick school administrators are now out of a job after a special meeting Friday night, where next year's budget was approved.

      Back in May - the board voted to give the superintendent the power to issue layoffs to Mesick's high school principal, Fred Boss, and Athletic Director/Administrative Assistant, Nancy Gabier.

      The move was suggested as a way to cut an anticipated $313,000 deficit to about $187,000. The remaining balance will then be taken care of by the district's funds.

      Multiple parents and teachers spoke, some positively and some negatively, about the effect both leaders have had in Mesick schools.

      The approval of the budget passed with a 5 to 1 vote tonight, meaning Boss and Gabier will be moving on. The nay vote was held by James Humphreys.

      Superintendent Mike Corey said this wasn't something the district wanted to do, but the focus needs to be on creating the best learning environment for the students and keeping the money in the classroom.

      "I know that we are going to get by just fine because we have amazing staff and our students are strong-willed," said Rachel Kotecki, the 7th and 8th grade English teacher and the Drama and Yearbook advisor at MHS. "They've been through a lot in their own lives, they'll get through this at school too. But its going to be a hard road and we're just going to have to do more with less."

      Corey will serve as both superintendent and principal this fall, and they are looking to hire a halftime athletic director/halftime administrative assistant.