Feedback from community encourages District 191 to make changes to budget cuts list

Feedback from community encourages District 191 to make changes to budget cuts list Photo: KSTP-TV

March 01, 2019 06:25 PM

After receiving community input at a public forum as well as through an online portal, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education is making several changes to the list of potential budget adjustments for the 2019-20 school year. 

According to ISD 191's website, the following changes made are listed as follows:

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  • Remove ninth-grade athletics from the list of cuts
  • Remove middle school orchestra from the list of cuts
  • Remove one full-time employee in custodial/maintenance service from the list of cuts
  • Adjust the BHS Media EA cut to keep 0.5 full-time employees
  • Continue offering French 1 and French 2 at Burnsville High School

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Board members also directed staff to include a busing change that will feature high school students walking to their closest middle schools (if they are within walking distance) and be transported to the high school by bus from there. 

The change is expected to save about $230,000. 

Board members expressed strong opposition to increasing walking distances, according to their website. 

District 191 is facing a $7 million shortfall for 2019-20 primarily due to state funding that hasn't kept up with inflation and underfunding of special education services by both the state and federal government. 

A final list of proposed adjustments is scheduled to be presented at a board meeting on March 14. The board will officially adopt the new budget in June. 

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