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By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum School empowers admin to make cuts


January 30, 2020

With looming cuts on the horizon, the Barnum School board approved a resolution at their regular meeting on January 21 directing the administration to make reductions in programs and positions.

The board unanimously approved the resolution which lets the administration look into places where they can save money by discontinuing certain programs or positions. The resolution for cuts is not abnormal to this year, but with about $750,000 worth of cuts needed for the district, the administration will now have to figure out where and what exactly they will have to slash. The public can voice their opinions on the upcoming cuts at the next school board meeting on Tuesday February 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room.

Switching technology platforms and looking at ways to save money in the tech world was discussed, as the district seeks cost savings and efficiency. Board member Patrick Poirier cautioned the board against being too cavalier cutting some aspects of technology in the district. Technology is such a prevalent and important part of everyday modern society, “We may have to distance ourselves a little bit, but let’s not take two steps back,” he said.

Bombers Business Banners started being offered January 15 to generate some revenue for the district. The board will have to approve each banner when a business commits and LifeTouch will create banners at no cost to the district.

The board approved meeting minutes, the treasurer’s report, wire transfer funds, and the payment of bills totaling $817,326.42.

The consent agenda was approved, including the resignations of Scott Calhoun as a Housekeeper effective January 18, 2020 and Mike Casey as Trap Shooting Advisor effective December 20, 2019. A $50 donation from Wyndtree Family Restaurant and a $200 donation from Dean Hammitt for Robotics were also approved.

Nineteen Business Professionals of America (BPA) students placed at regionals on January 10 and are headed to the State competition in March.

The BHS student council raised $1,980 in the month of December for the local Blessing Bag.


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