The regional report: Yawning deficit is 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 seek voter approval for a tax on capital projects this fall, Aitkin Independent Age reported. Wednesday May 26.

Declining enrollments and reductions in state aid are contributing to the district’s financial difficulties. While 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. Staff cuts have 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 the next school year on its own.

Four long-time teachers from the Crosby-Ironton School District with a combined experience of 113 years are heading for retirement, the Crosby-Ironton Courier reported on Wednesday, May 26.

Among the retirees are Ann Marie Bertram, a 37-year first-year teacher; Sue Tesdahl, social science teacher for 33 years; Randy Swanhorst, 28 year health / physical education teacher; 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 Messenger reported on Wednesday (May 26th).

When administrator Pat Oman tendered his resignation, it sparked a discussion within the county administration board to move to a county coordinator position rather than an 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 on 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 an hour, but said she had no plans to stay on permanently or quit her job in Renville County.

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