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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Karen Holme has two boys studying at Palm Beach Central High School and for more than a decade she's been describing herself as a watch dog for parents.

She's taken to Facebook letting parents know the district will spend $520,000 of frozen administrative salaries on a study she says can be done in house.

"I think that if we were able to find extra money somewhere, it should go right to our kids in the classroom,” Holme said.

The study the district says will track how the school's time, people and money are spent. On Wednesday, they hired Education Resource Services to perform the 10-month study. Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa promised the money spent on this study and more will be saved once it is complete.

“I am very confident we will be able to identify savings that are significantly higher than the five-hundred-thousand."

The superintendent thinks the study will suggest cutting from the central office. He says in some ways the district is too top heavy. He'd like to see that money go to more troubled areas.

“There are places we are spending money that are not helping kids graduate, that are not helping kids read by third grade."

Hearing that, Holme says she's on board, but she's watching the clock. “I think the best thing the community can do is mark your calendar, and ask them what money was saved and how it's going to be used."

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