School board members heard stories of success -- programs working, and teachers excited.
But their smiles faded when they had to look towards the future and more dreadful cuts.
A school board member says the supply budget cut is sad because the loss trickles down to the students.
Pencils, paper, and the copy paper used by teachers all come out of the supply budget, so activities teachers generate by copying are not going to be as readily available.
Students who might not come to school with pencils, paper, and crayons will be hurt by the cuts.
But it is a necessary evil.
The district is trying to be pro-active, so they're asking for public involvement and suggestions... anticipating the worst from the legislature, which forced millions in budget cuts this school year... and could do even worse next year.
There is still a chance schools will get that five percent supplies cut back, if the legislature fully funds education.
Board members are still sore at the legislature from the last round of painful cuts, and even more irritated at the fact they will have to make more cuts in the future.