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Early idea of latest Ellsworth school budget cuts given

Although their work's not finished, Ellsworth school officials are getting ready to cut next year's district budget.

Following three meetings of the district's budget and finance information committee, a series of recommendations from administration for the latest round of budget reductions and revenue enhancements has emerged. The committee, comprised of 20 members from school personnel and district residents, had input in the reduction process and has now turned it over to the officials, Superintendent Barry Cain said Thursday.

"Education is a people business and these decisions are bound to affect programs," Cain said, mentioning there have been budget reductions every year since 2000, except the year the former Sunnyside and Lindgren elementary schools were closed.

The preliminary list of the latest possible budget adjustments, as shared by the district office last week, includes two elementary school considerations and 15 middle/high school considerations. Additionally, there are five others discussed at the committee's final meeting and expected to receive further research.

This year's goal is to reduce the 2010-11 budget by $650,000, the superintendent said, indicating that compares with $450,000 taken out of the present budget last year. If everything proposed on the new list is implemented, it would exceed the $650,000 amount. However, those extra monies could help the district in case the state also imposes reductions, as was the case last May, when there was a state impact of $300,000 on Ellsworth. Further, the district's $250,000 levy override expired last year.

Read more in the print version of the Herald March 10.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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