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Osseo School District Seeks Feedback on $11 Million Expense Reduction

District 279 is asking for public feedback on where to reduce $11 in expense over the next two years

Editor’s note: The information below was provided by the Osseo School District.

Osseo Area Schools is in the process of identifying approximately $11 million in expense reductions that will be required over the next two years (2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years).

The reduction amount is slightly less than previously estimated due to recent changes in two financial projections:

  • Higher enrollment than previously estimated, resulting in $1 million more revenue over the next two years; and
  • Cost containment measures, resulting in $2 million fewer expenditures over the next two years.

Contribute Ideas

School leaders invite district residents to share how they think financial resources should be used to ensure all students receive a high-quality education. Through January 13, 2013 residents will find a link to the Financial Priorities Survey on the district home page, http://www.district279.org. Residents can also contribute ideas for expense reductions by emailing welisten@district279.org. Input will be used to inform the superintendent's budget recommendations for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

Provide Feedback

The School Board will host three Community Feedback Forums that will feature a presentation about the school district's budget, followed by opportunities for participants to give feedback on reduction proposals.

These forums will be held as follows:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6, 6-7:30 p.m.: Maple Grove Senior High Forum Room (Enter Door A on the upper level)
  • Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.: Park Center Senior High Media Center (Enter from Brooklyn Boulevard through Door A)
  • Monday, Feb. 11, 6-7:30 p.m.: Osseo Senior High Forum Room (Enter Door 1)

 For more information about budget planning, visit www.district279.org

Joanne Simons January 07, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Have you looked at the school district's "survey"? It's ridiculously long and complex which will discourage respondents. I've started it twice. Still not complete. Seems also to set up reasons to disregard opinions voiced by asking awareness levels of past actions. Doesn't appear to be sincere effort to learn public sentiment, but PR move which will allow Board or admin to justify whatever it's agenda. How about a serious rewrite of the survey? Surely it would never have passed any standard-based grading system had it been student project.
Roger Lutgen January 07, 2013 at 04:44 PM
Are we suppose to apologize to the school district for not having money to spare for a new levy. We have cars that are 12 and 15 years old and no prospect to buy new. I work and come home, no boat, snowmobile, cabin, vacations, Twins, Vikings,etc. Maybe the light rail project and things like that, could be put on hold give the money to the kids instead. Maybe the Federal, State and Local governments need to look at what they are spending OUR money on.

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