Duluth School Board Discusses 2019 Budget, Projected Deficit

Updated: March 06, 2018 10:21 PM

The Duluth School Board met Tuesday to discuss budget planning for fiscal year 2019.

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The projected general fund budget changes were presented at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The preliminary budget showed a nearly $1 million revenue, but also an increase of $2.8 million in expenditures for the year. A big topic of discussion was the budgetary adjustments including a ratio funding realignment of $2.9 million.

"What that (ratio funding realignment) has to do with is the shifting in terms of our funds, in terms of general funds and needing to absorb a greater share of the cost of the ratio support we have for staffing around our school district," explained Doug Hasler, CFO, Executive Director for the district.

He says that number has changed from the figure they were looking at before partly because of a compensatory education funding resolution approved in January. The resolution would allow individual schools in the district to keep 80 percent of the compensatory education funds that they generate.

"This provides buildings with their continuous improvement teams to be able to make decisions based on the needs of their students, and how to best address their needs," said Superintendent Bill Gronseth.

The committee also discussed the budget deficit, which is projected at $6.1 million going into the 2019 year. No decisions were made Tuesday on the budget. The meeting was aimed at addressing spending priorities, education equity and building of a balanced budget. 


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