Schools outline budget plan

Minneapolis Public Schools outlined plans to deal with a $28 million shortfall ahead of the School Board’s vote on the 2009–2010 school year budget scheduled for June 30.
The district’s approach to closing the shortfall will involve cutting positions and leaving some empty posts unfilled for the time being. Most of the cuts will be made in the Policy and Operations Department, where about 140 positions will be cut or remain unfilled.
District-wide, about 4 percent of positions will be affected by the budget cuts, the district reported.
The budget plan was built around an anticipated pay freeze for all employees. Superintendent Bill Green and other top district officials already agreed in February to a 2-percent reduction in their pay.
Federal stimulus funds and revenue from the $60 million school levy approved by voters last fall were expected to minimize the impact of cuts on classrooms.
Find links to the budget planning documents on the district’s web site.