Minneapolis schools making cuts to make up for $25 million shortfall

7:01 AM, Mar 22, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS- If there is one thing parents and school district officials can agree on in Minneapolis it is the fact that tough decisions will have to be made this fiscal year to make up for a $25 million shortfall for the district.

Right now each of the Minneapolis public schools' principals is having to decide on what is a core program and what isn't and give that decision back to the district so decisions about cuts can be made.

On Thursday nearly 100 concerned parents in the Southwest Minneapolis area came to Southwest High School to hear from the district CFO, Robert Doty, about the issue.

Doty said this is a place the districts has not been in some time and changes have to made now to keep it fiscally prudent in the years to come. Doty told the crowd 50 positions will be cut at the district office level, something parents wanted to know about when the question about sharing the load came up.

Right now the individual schools are coming up with a "must have" list to turn into administration by next week. From those lists decisions about cuts will start happening.

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