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Detroit Lakes Public Schools looking at another $1 million in cuts

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Detroit Lakes Public Schools is looking to cut another $1 million from next year's budget.

District administrators recommended the cuts during Monday morning's School Board meeting that come on top of $900,000 in cuts brought before the School Board in April. The proposals are due to the uncertainty of state funding for the 2009-10 school year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty and the House of Representatives support a plan that would see no increase of funding, while the Senate passed a bill that would see state school funding cut by 3.3 percent.

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The legislature has until May 18 to pass a budget for the 2010-11 fiscal years or else a special session will need to be held to hash out a plan.

The new cuts would see at least 10 teachers losing their jobs, as well as the elimination of several other positions.

The School Board is taking a wait-and-see approach for now on cuts, but will need to act soon to allow the district to prepare for the upcoming school year.

In other business, the district will look to name current Education Director Lowell Niklaus as the new community education director.

The district sought to partner with the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center for community education, but the sides couldn't reach a deal.

More information will be available in Wednesday's Becker County Record.

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