The regional report: the gaping deficit: a challenge for Aitkin schools

A deficit of $ 800,000 as we approach 2021-2022 The school year is just one of the challenges facing the Aitkin School District, which plans to get voter approval for a levy on capital projects this fall, the Aitkin School District reported. Aitkin Independent Age on Wednesday May 26.

Declining enrollments and reductions in state aid are contributing to the district’s financial difficulties. Although not yet finalized, the levy that could be imposed on voters would require funding equal to $ 850,000 to $ 900,000 per year for the next decade. Downsizing has started in an attempt to reduce the deficit, Age reported.

Superintendent Dan Stifter spoke about a land purchase for a new school that he said is still upsetting the community at Monday’s school board meeting. Stifter said that even if the district sold the land at the purchase price, it would raise $ 750,000, not enough to cover the deficit for this upcoming school year on its own.

Four long-time teachers in the Crosby-Ironton school district with a combined experience of 113 years are heading for retirement, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported on Wednesday (May 26th).

Retirees include Ann Marie Bertram, a 37-year-old freshman teacher; Sue Tesdahl, 33-year-old social studies professor; Randy Swanhorst, physical education / health teacher for 28 years; and Char Saley, math teacher for 15 years.

After losing his county administrator Recently, Mille Lacs County also accepted the resignation of its Deputy County Administrator Holly Wilson, Mille Lacs courier reported on Wednesday (May 26th).

When administrator Pat Oman submitted his resignation, a discussion arose within the county council to move to a position of county coordinator rather than administrator. They described the change as making the message “more convenient,” according to the Messenger. Wilson told county commissioners she would not accept an appointment as the acting county coordinator and would instead leave the county to take another position elsewhere.

The county council agreed to hold an emergency meeting to address the issue, where it offered the acting position as needed to Lisa Herges, former director of personnel for Mille Lacs County and current administrator for Renville County. Herges accepted the position at $ 60 per hour, but said she had no plans to stay on permanently or quit her job in Renville County.

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