Lakeville School Board Approves Budget Plan

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — The Lakeville school board has voted unanimously to approve a budget plan that would eliminate a number of teachers’ positions and raise fees for after-school activities.

On Tuesday night, the board voted 6-0 to approve the budget recommendations intended to fix a $15.8 million budget shortfall over the next two years.

Parents in the Lakeville area will have to shell out more money for their children’s after-school activities. The plan calls for parents of students involved in sports to burden 75 percent of those fees.

For instance, hockey players will pay $600 dollars, a two-fold increase. Most other athletes will be charged a fee ranging from $275 to $440.

Along with raising fees, the budget plan also includes more than 90 job cuts. It also calls for the closure of one elementary school and cutting programs, like “early bird” classes for high school students and the fifth-grade band.

The board said they weren’t happy about the cuts, but said it was a fiscal reality that needed to be addressed.

The board was able to save 17 jobs using funding from the Federal Jobs Bill.

To see a full list of the budget items, click here.


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