August 20, 2018 07:14 PM
The head of one of the largest school districts in the state gave the community an update Monday on where things stand just ahead of the new school year.
Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff said he hopes to set new goals for the more than 30,000 students and 5,000 employees at the district, after some tough budget cuts.
Several staff, students and their families gathered for the discussion at 7:30 a.m., during which Graff thanked several groups and organizations that support the district.
Graff said the district is starting a comprehensive, district-wide design that will give school leaders a change to re-envision how they do business in the district.
Graff said district leaders will also talk to school alumni with the goal of seeing what life is like for MPS graduates and how their stories can help current students.
"It's always a time of great excitement," Graff said. "It's just as exciting for our students as it is for staff and me, as a superintendent, to welcome our kids back into school."
One important topic on the district's radar is this year's school budget. The Minneapolis school district recently closed a $33 million budget gap.
To balance the budget, several cuts had to be made.
About 300 full-time positions were slashed, which is about 5 percent of the district's overall staff. That includes 165 teaching positions.
Several school programs were let go and a couple of school days were slashed last year.
The district is hoping to bring in about $30 million.
This November, district official said they hope voters agree to increase the existing operating levy to the state allowed maximum.
They also want them to allow the district to shift millions in technology expenses away from the general fund.
Meanwhile, district staff returns to work Tuesday and students start school next week.
Jonathan Rozelle & Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: August 20, 2018 07:14 PM
Created: August 20, 2018 05:38 AM
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