S-E school board adopts tentative budget

SHERBURNE – The Sherburne-Earlville school board adopted a tentative 2011-2012 budget Monday that calls for an average tax levy increase of 1.9 percent.

The proposed spending plan, estimated at $29.5 million, would be an increase of 1.66 percent over the present school year’s. The budget calls for the elimination of 13 jobs, including one administrator, and gives no raises to the superintendent and assistant superintendent. Only one teacher is retiring.

“It’s never easy when you have to reduce positions,” said S-E Board of Education President Doug Shattuck. “But like us, every school district in the state is experiencing budgets they can’t afford and student populations going down. Those are the two reasons needed to cut staff,” he said.

To help keep the levy increase under 2 percent, the board agreed to expend $1 million from set-aside reserves.

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