District 88 Budget Cuts Tonight 15 Mar 12

The New Ulm District 88 School Board is scheduled to make decisions on cutting over a million dollars from next school year’s budget during a special meeting this (THU) evening. Around $1.1-million needs to be trimmed from the budget following the defeat of the District 88 levy referendum last November. Cost-cutting ideas presented to the board during recent work sessions include: cutting the equivalent of 10 full-time teaching positions, an early retirement incentive for district staff, activity department adjustments that would include increasing participation fees, delaying uniform purchases, eliminating coach busing, attempting to collect admissions for track and softball, cutting the supply budget, and more, as well as a bus route reduction, utilizing Friends of District 88 funds, a possible freeze on textbook purchases, and other proposals. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 o’clock at the District Administrative Center in New Ulm.