Large Crowd Turns Out to Discuss Multi-Million Dollar Budgeting Error in Shakopee

March 20, 2017 10:30 PM

A big crowd turned up for a school board meeting in Shakopee Monday night, demanding answers for the district's multi-million dollar mistake.

It's a $4.5 million problem that has some teachers worried they could lose their jobs, and some students worried they may lose educational programs.


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

In a letter to staff last Friday, Shakopee Public Schools Superintendent Rod 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.'  

Hundreds of people showed up Monday. Dozens spoke, saying they don't trust the school board when it comes to finances.

Thompson apologized to teachers and taxpayers for not communicating the budget issues as well as he should have.

The board said the budgeting errors or omissions were made in several areas of expenses, and that old mistakes from last year weren't corrected in this year's budget.

The district said it plans to fix the error by cutting spending on operations, materials and supplies, professional development and non-licensed overtime.

They will also look at budget adjustments to food service, community education, achievement and integration.

The district has already looked at attrition and releasing staff in the district office.

But there is still concern some teachers could lose their jobs.

One long-term sub who attended the meeting said she knows of several teachers and speech pathologists who have been told they may not have a job next year.


Jessica Miles

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