Osseo School District 279 approves $3 million in cuts

/ 14 March 2012 / jennifer

Jonathan Young, MN Sun Newspapers, March 14, 2012 –

The Osseo School Board has approved approximately $3 million in budget cuts for next school year that will eliminate the equivalent of 35.7 full-time positions.

About $2 million in cuts were to adjust staffing levels to align with projected enrollment. The district expects enrollment to decline for the next three years.

Assistant Supt. Kim Riesgraf said the district doesn’t expect the cuts to affect class sizes. It is maintaining the same class-size targets as this year.

The cuts for aligning staffing with enrollment include the equivalent of the following full-time positions:

¥ 1 assistant principal

¥ 2.3 teachers in the areas of physical education, music, counseling and English learners

¥ 18.1 classroom teachers

¥ 2 educational support professionals

¥ 5 special education professionals

¥ 1 resource manager

The board approved approximately $1 million in additional general fund cuts in order to preserve the fund balance longer. Before making cuts, the district gathered feedback from staff and the community regarding what were considered essential services.

The extra $1 million in cuts will eliminate the equivalent of about 6.3 full-time positions, including 3 support staff, 1.2 curriculum specialists and .2 library media specialists.

The extra $1 million in cuts included reductions in all four areas of the general fund: Human and Administrative Resources, Community Engagement, I2T2 (information technology) and the Division of Leadership, Teaching and Learning.

The board approved the cuts unanimously at its March 6 meeting. Members had discussed the cuts at a previous work session.

More details about the cuts are available in the March 6 agenda packet at district279.org.