"If we were to commit to $3 million for next year, that's about 50 teachers. I don't know whether or not we can as a board support the full amount without making some extremely large cuts," Raglin said.
The library board faces a similar jam. A 40 percent budget cut would be huge for the library system.
But perhaps it need not be insurmountable. Just a few years ago, the school system's money represented only 34 percent of the library budget.
There are good heads on the school board and the
library board. There is every reason for confidence that they will cooperate to solve their interrelated budget problems in a way that serves the public.
That's a community asset, not a quality to be taken for granted.