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Detroit Lakes Public Schools terminates 13 teacher contracts

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The Detroit Lakes School Board terminated the contracts of 13 probationary teachers Monday with the actions being effective at the end of the school year.

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Some of the terminations were part of cost cutting measures by the district as it needs to close an estimated $972,000 budget deficit for the 2009-10 school year. The Board discussed other cost containment cuts that include taking $200,000 from the district's reserves and also taking into account $200,000 in federal stimulus dollars.

The Board also is looking at extending the current operating levy that runs out in 2010. The school district is eying a November vote to either continue the $315 per pupil levy or increase it.

For more on Monday's School Board meeting, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Becker County Record.

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