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School District 191 proposes budget cuts

School District 191 proposes budget cuts Photo: KSTP-TV

March 15, 2019 08:04 PM

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District has proposed $6.5 million in budget cuts in response to a change in state funding that left the district with a projected $12.7 million shortfall.

On Thursday, the District 191 Board of Education heard the final proposed school budget adjustments for the 2019-20 school year.

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School District 191 facing major budget cuts, parents upset

“Even in places where enrollment is steady or growing, districts are having to make cuts because state and federal aid doesn’t keep up with growing costs or cover some mandated services,” said Lisa Rider, director of business services.

New special education funding formula surprises school districts

District 191 said in a news release that state funding has fallen $600 per student behind inflation, which totals about $5 million for the district. In addition to that, funding for special education will fall $12.7 million short of covering those services in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage, according to the district.

The Board will officially adopt a budget for the upcoming school year in June.

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