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April 23, 2019

3/14/2019 3:43:00 PM
Chisago Lakes to act March 21 on revising budget

The Chisago Lakes School Board plans to take a vote next week, March 21, on proposed budget reductions to implement for the 2019-2020 school year.

There was a public review and comment about the district’s options and recommendtions held at the Middle School March 7.

The School Board had set a $2 million budget reduction target late in January 2019.

As reported in earlier articles (Press February 21, and Superintendent’s column March 7)  the Chisago Lakes District identified school-site specific expense reductions, based on the percentage of the overall district budget supporting each building.

There are no projected retirements among certified staff members in the high school;  but Lakeside, Taylors Falls and the middle school are slated for reductions in personnel through attrition.

Savings were also found in cutting buying supplies and staff development cost reductions are happening districtwide.
High school athletic and activity fees will be hiked, bringing in an estimated $41,000 additional revenue.  

The marching band advisor number will drop to two. Coach bus transport is gone. Three planned middle school field trips will be eliminated. Middle School Play will be eliminated as well as boys’ and girls’ sports.

At the High School, parking fees go to $125.  Athletic fees, except hockey, are planned to become $205, from $185. Hockey goes to $350 from $285.  Fine Arts to $125, from $90.

At the district offices the communications position is proposed to be eliminated, along with hours reductions in the work year for a secretary and loss of an administrative assistant.

Elsewhere: six special education paraprofessionals at Primary School will be cut, the half time custodian will be eliminated, along with two other positions.  In the Lakeside School staffing picture-- a half time custodian and half time science specialist are proposed to be cut and there’s a retirement in technology department expected.

The Taylors Falls school budget cuts involve two paraprofessioanls in special ed; half time science specialist, fourth grade position, three retirements, and a kindergarten position.

** The school board members did vote last week to approve March 29 as a make-up day, for losing seat time due to weather cancellations.  Previous calendars showed March 29 as a no-school day for students but teachers were supposed to report for “staff development.”  Now, it is a regular day.



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