District 88 Budget Cuts 16 Mar 12

The New Ulm District 88 School Board on Thursday approved more than $1.1 million worth of budget cuts, including the elimination of 10 full-time teaching positions. District 88 Superintendent Harold Remme says that making the cuts was a tough process for the school board. Other ways in which the school board is balancing next year’s budget include: an early retirement incentive that 8 staff members have accepted, increasing participation fees for athletics and fine arts, delaying uniform purchases, reducing equipment purchases, a trust fund transfer to purchase textbooks, a bus route reduction, moving the high school graduation ceremonies to the school rather than renting a city facility, increasing the fees for the use of school facilities, and much more. The need to make such drastic cuts comes following the defeat of the District 88 levy referendum last November.