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Board approves budget for 2018-19 school year

At its June 21 meeting, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education approved a budget including $128.8 million in general fund spending for the 2018-19 school year. With revenue expected to be $127.1 million, the district will use about $1.6 million from its reserves to cover expenses.

The adopted budget reflects about $4 million in adjustments that had been presented as recommendations and discussed at previous public meetings. To see those detailed recommendations, go to www.isd191.org/budget2018.

Lisa Rider, the district’s executive director of business services, said the budget is based on several assumptions, including expected enrollment of 8,678 in early childhood through grade 12, keeping elementary class sizes averaging about 24.5-to-1, and a 5 percent increase in the district’s portion of health insurance costs.

“We’ve right sized to address the decrease in enrollment. We’ve found efficiencies where we can, and I really think this budget reflects our best effort to maintain our effort and continue with our momentum of Vision One91,” said Board Member Abigail Alt.

Rider noted that the adopted budget will be revised during the 2018-19 school year to reflect updates to enrollment, staffing, and other factors as they are known.

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Posted: Monday, July 2, 2018 - 15:44