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Montevideo American-News
  • District to make $300,000 in proposed budget reductions

  • Impassioned pleas from the staff members who found themselves on the administrative recommendations list of fiscal year 2015 budget reductions were made in an effort to encourage the Montevideo administrative team to go back to the drawing board.
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  • Impassioned pleas from the staff members who found themselves on the administrative recommendations list of fiscal year 2015 budget reductions were made in an effort to encourage the Montevideo administrative team to go back to the drawing board.
    As a proposed budget deficit looms for the Montevideo school district, the administrative team found expenditure decreases totalling $293,178, the bulk of which, $140,995 would come by reducing educational assistants by one hour per day.
    “We’ve spoken with the teachers and they’ve all noted the good job we’re doing,” said Mike Milbrandt. “I’m a single father and this will impact my livelyhood.”
    “This isn’t about job performance,” said school board member Darren Balken. “We think you’re doing a great job too.”
    The district, during a special meeting held on February 5,  found there would be several key factors impacting the development of the FY 15 budget.
    Those being:
    • Loss of approximately $420,000 in education jobs/AARA funding;
    • Declining enrollment: “In the past five years we’ve seen a decline of 92 ADM,” said superintendent Dr. Luther Heller. “The trend has slowed, but continues to decline.”
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