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Gifted program position, some middle school athletics added back to proposed budget

At its May 24 meeting, the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Board of Education heard a plan to reinstate a gifted program position at Harriet Bishop Elementary, as well as middle school wrestling and tennis programs as part of the proposed budget for 2018-19.

The two items had been marked for elimination, with middle school sports combining with high school programs, in an original proposal presented earlier this spring. The proposal to create combined middle and high school (grades 7-12) cross country and dance programs is still in place.

To help cover the cost of continuing the middle school and other athletics programs, the proposal includes increases in fees across the district. The specific proposed increases are:

Middle School Sports

  • Fees for all sports increase from $80 to $105

High School Sports

  • Competitive cheer and spirit cheer, from $105 to $140
  • Olympic weightlifting and weightlifting, from $115 to $150
  • Cross country, adaptive soccer, dance team, tennis, adapted hockey and adapted softball, from $135 to $175
  • Soccer, volleyball, basketball, alpine ski, nordic ski, wrestling, track and field, from $155 to $205

At Harriet Bishop, the full-time teaching position to be reinstated supports the school’s gifted and talented program. Executive Director of Business Services Lisa Rider said the plan was to reinstate the position for the 2018-19 school year, during which time Principal Ken Essay would work with staff to develop a model for delivering a high quality gifted program moving forward.

The School Board will adopt a budget for 2018-19 before June 30. For more budget information, go to

Posted: Monday, June 4, 2018 - 15:53