At their March 14 meeting, members of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education heard the final proposed budget adjustments for the 2019-20 school year.
The adjustments total $6.5 million and come in response to a projected shortfall for next year, due to lagging state aid, underfunding for special services, and declining enrollment.
District 191’s funding shortfall is not unique among Minnesota school districts. State funding has fallen $600 per student behind inflation, which equals about $5 million less in funding for District 191. In addition, funding for special education will fall $12.7 million short of covering the cost of those services in District 191 this year.
“Even in places where enrollment is steady or growing, districts are having to make cuts because state and federal aid doesn’t keep up with growing costs or cover some mandated services,” said Lisa Rider, director of business services.
The Board will officially adopt a budget for the 2019-20 school year in June.