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Budget Mistakes at Shakopee Public Schools Have Some Teachers Worried for Their Jobs

March 13, 2017 06:57 PM

A $4.5 million budget mistake has some teachers in Shakopee worried about their jobs. 

Shakopee Public Schools Superintendent Rod Thompson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the situation is fluid. He said at one point, as many as 20 positions were potentially on the line. Now, that number is more like eight to 10.

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In a letter to staff Friday, Thompson explained that in a 'financial review the district discovered $4.5 million in budgeting errors.' An audit revealed they were 'human errors made through inaccurate budget assumptions and omissions.'  

District officials are scrambling to cover the loss. After cutting some operating expenses, the letter says, the district is relying on 'attrition, resignations and retirements to meet any necessary adjustments with staffing.'

Thompson said he plans to have a better idea of his staffing situation by spring break in two weeks. Depending on retirements and resignations, he said he hopes he can avoid layoffs.

The district has also hired a new finance director, set to begin June 1.

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