Final Budget Could Mean Cuts for Pine City Schools
The clock is ticking for Minnesota legislators to finish the session on time. That means there is just six days remaining to come to an agreement on health and human services bills, education funding, and the overall budget. Monday, Pine City Schools Superintendent Darwin Bostic discussed what this session could mean for the district.
Bostic went on to say, if the Senate version is approved, the district could be forced to cut as many as ten jobs. The Senate is proposing three-percent cuts to schools. Bostic called the version “the worst case scenario.”
Bostic added that the district would cut no jobs if the House plan passes, but the district would lose $60,000, due to interest costs. The House version proposes keeping education funding at its current levels, but making shifts, rather than cuts.
Also at Monday’s school board meeting…
The board approved administrative staffing changes. The board agreed to add a high school dean of students and high school assistant principal Paul Jackson will assume the position of activity director / special education assessment coordinator. Half of Jackson’s salary will be paid with $74,500 of federal funds, the other half of the money will go towards a new elementary school position. Also part of the agreement is that the district hire a new elementary school principal / special education assessment coordinator to assist principal Dave Arola in the elementary school. The agreement is expected to save the district roughly $64,000.