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Mead Parents Work To Save Riverpoint Academy From Budget Cuts


The Mead school board tonight [Wednesday] will take testimony on the district’s plan to eliminate an expected $12 million deficit. That plan includes closing a high school science, technology and arts program that is beloved by its students. They and their parents are mounting a campaign to keep the Riverpoint Academy open.

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The Mead school board tonight [Wednesday] will take testimony on the district’s plan to eliminate an expected $12 million deficit. That plan includes closing a high school science, technology and arts program that is beloved by its students. They and their parents are mounting a campaign to keep the Riverpoint Academy open.

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