Duluth School Board To Make Huge Cuts For $4.8 Million Deficit

By KBJR News 1

Duluth School Board To Make Huge Cuts For $4.8 Million Deficit

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - The Duluth school board will have to make some tough budget decisions in the future to resolve a projected budget deficit.

Unless action is taken the district will be in the red by nearly five million dollars for the 2012-2013 school year.

Tonight district officials held a meeting to discuss the numbers and where the cuts could be coming from.
This was the first of many informational meetings regarding the budget for the school year.

The District was looking at a three-point-eight million dollar deficit from their accepted budget for the year.

They added another million dollars to that budget...so they are now looking at a four-point-eight million dollar deficit...and will have to begin making cuts to balance it out soon.

The board discussed where cuts could be made...many of them being administrative.

School board member, Ann Wasson, said the decision on where the cuts will be made will not be easy.

"We're hurting. The low bearing fruit has all been picked, there's nothing left, it will impact our classrooms and it's impacting our personnel, and that's hard," Wasson said.

The board will be putting together a calendar to put online so the community can participate in the upcoming meetings. They will also be putting the budget numbers online as well so the community can see exactly what kind of deficit the district is looking at.

They will have more meetings in February and the board hopes to vote on the cuts by the 1st week in March.

Written for the web by Danyel Piecek.