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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake School approves budget cuts


April 11, 2019

At a special meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Tuesday, April 9, a number of potential cuts were approved.

The bus supervisor and English teacher positions, which had previously been up in the air as for possible elimination, were both spared from the cuts.

Three items had already been approved as part of the cuts: $25,000 in a change of the nurse's position, $20,000 in texbook cuts, and $8,500 in PR hours.

Further potential cuts were presented and approved by the board: $25,000 in the bus budget, $30,000 by cutting a bus route, $5,000 in library books, $23,000 in hours for the high school program para, and $12,000 in reduced office hours for Beth Sandstrom.

In total, the budget cuts come to $148,500. With the cuts and expected addition aid from the state, board member Jamie Jungers stated the school should be just fine after this year.

Prior to the board meeting, Superintendent Bob Indihar hosted an informational meeting on the upcoming referendum. Community members raised concerns about additional money going into the school after problematic issues in the construction of the school paid for by the first referendum approved in 2014. The issue of affording maintenance costs for new additions was also raised as a concern in light of the recent budget cuts.


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