Duluth Public Schools Facing $2.3 Million Budget Deficit

The distric says it's making every effort to keep any cuts away from the classroom

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Public Schools is looking at more possible cuts as it faces another budget deficit.

Declining enrollment is the main factor leaving the district with a nearly $2.3 million dollar budget shortfall.

Doug Hasler, Chief Financial Officer with Duluth Public Schools, says the district is working to identify any possible areas to create savings in order to present a balanced budget to the school board in June.

Despite the deficit at hand, the district says it remains committed to providing the highest level of instruction to students and hopes enrollments will rise as a result.

“We are making every effort to focus our cuts and reductions as far away from the classroom as possible,” said Hasler. “I can’t say that is always something we can accomplish, but that is our priority.”

Duluth Public Schools is not saying how many positions would be cut or changed, but noted transportation, facilities and some administrative staff as areas being looked at.

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