How Student, Teacher Ratio Could Now Be Reduced at Duluth Public Schools

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2012 Updated Apr 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - There was some good news for Duluth Public Schools today regarding the district budget.

Healthcare costs for the next year have come in five percent less than expected, which means the $3.8 million deficit will be reduced by $1.3 million.

Administration says the newfound savings will help reduce the number of cuts the district will have to make.

A reduction in student teacher ratio is a top priority of the district.

This is the second year the district has realized savings after switching to a new health insurance program in 2010.

The district had planned for a six and half percent increase in healthcare, which the superintendent says is the standard.

"To have a second year of decrease, we're very pleased. It is almost unheard of in this financial market to have a decrease, especially two years in a row," said superintendent Bill Gronseth.

The final budget for the next school year will be set in June.

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