SOUTH BEND — For 2½ hours Monday, South Bend school board members had the district laid bare before them when it comes to how it spends its money on educating children and how it could save money and be more efficient.

From closing five to eight school buildings to improving the bus transportation system to upgrading business software that was new when Ronald Reagan was president, representatives from consultant firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath gave board members many suggestions for cutting costs.

Although only making suggestions on cost savings the board could pursue, Faegre Drinker representatives Skip Stitt and Mike Brink spoke of “tactical” changes the school district could pursue quickly and “strategic” measures that would be harder and more involved.

Stitt said the two recently passed $220 million referendums by voters in June had given the district “breathing room.”

“The success of the referenda gave the district a unique opportunity to implement a transformational agenda,” Stitt said. “The hard work starts now with implementation.”
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