Looking ahead ...
An operating levy, approved by voters in 2007, is expiring next year. It provides $7.3 million for day-to-day school and district operating expenses, including teacher salaries, transportation costs, utilities, classroom supplies and other supports to student learning.
Board members will decide at their July 13 meeting whether to ask voters to approve renewing this levy, along with a request for additional operating funds to minimize future cuts, help maintain class sizes and protect student support and educational programs.
In order to provide stability in programming, staffing and services, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education will use $4.8 million in savings to balance its budget for the 2017-18 school year.
Business Director Lisa Rider and board members agreed that continuing to rely on savings to balance the budget was not sustainable, but it was important to provide stability for recent changes that benefit student learning. Additional funds will be needed in the future to avoid budget cuts or further draw-down of savings.
With the approved budget, class size averages will stay the same as they have been. The budget also continues to support recently added student services, including social workers and family liaison positions.
The approved budget includes $130.6 million in total spending compared to an expected $125.8 million in revenue, and will leave the district with an estimated $9.8 million in savings by June 30, 2018. That savings is 7.5% of the operating budget, representing less than four weeks of expenses.