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Waubun-Ogema-White Earth school board cuts an additional $150,000 from budget

WAUBUN - The Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School Board cut $156,250 from next year's budget as part of the district's latest spending cuts during a special meeting Thursday morning.

The move comes on the heels of a $344,000 cut in March. The additional cuts come as the district is concerned about state proposals to cut per pupil spending from the current $5,127 amount. The state Senate passed a bill to cut the per pupil spending by $270.

Over half of Waubun's cuts come from capital items such as textbook purchases, upgraded to athletic facilities and postponing buying new computers and other technology. Most of the other cuts come from eliminating two full-time paraprofessional positions and two part-time dishwasher jobs.

The Board also discussed whether to move the high school and junior high to a seven-period schedule from the current eight-period day. A move to a seven-period schedule would give the administration more flexibility in keeping class sizes down if staff is cut.

Another special board meeting to approve the change in periods is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 7 a.m. in the Waubun High School Media Room.