DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth school has decided to use some unexpected money to help lower class sizes.

The board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to add the equivalent of 6.6 full-time employees at the cost of $594,000.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the district has about $1 million to work with because of the expectation of more students in the district and from the $50 per pupil increase the state approved in final budget.

The state budget was approved after the July government shutdown. Districts had to pass their budgets by June 30.

Superintendent I.V. Foster says if the need is there, the rest of the money could be spent on more staff adjustments when school opens.

The district expects 100 more students than projected last year when the budget was created.

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Comments (6)
  1. DARREN says:

    so is that salary and benefits or just salary? Thats about $90,000 a teacher.

    1. Karyn Roesler says:

      The amount would include all benefit costs not just what a teacher gets. Its amazing what that can add too-and its not just vacation/sick. Factor in union dues a teacher has to pay and it dwindles down. Isnt it worth paying teachers a good salary anyway?

  2. Ted says:

    When the money is gone are they going to fire the teachers?

    How irresponsible.

    1. Karyn Roesler says:

      The point would be they are able to hire teachers for this school year. Any employee of a budget dependent job knows it may not be a permanent position. Its not irresponsible, its just business.

  3. Sgt says:

    How do you hire .6 of a teacher?

    1. Betty says:

      This would be a part-time teacher.

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